mccordm1 replied to Bpieslo1's topic in California
oh yes, welcome to the club...! You just have to stay positive, make connections, re-write your resume/cover letter for every job, follow up on your apps, etc. Something will happen eventually. Good luck!
I would say that once you have your CA license, it shouldn't be that bad. You have your BSN, years of experience, and all your certifications. Most new grads aren't getting job offers because it is so expensive for hospitals to train them. I think you will be ok. Keep us posted, and good luck!
mccordm1 replied to canuck1019's topic in California
I moved here from out of state and it is difficult competing for jobs with New Grads from CA schools. California is all about networking...so if you have an "in" out here, you will be better off. I wouldn't come out here without a job lined up. It would be easiest to get a job where you did your clinicals, get 2 years of experience, and then move out here. Good luck!
I moved to CA after graduating nursing school in December '11. I am still applying to jobs. My friends who stayed around the area where we went to nursing school have all found jobs. It is easiest to get hired at a hospital where you have done your clinicals and know people. If I were you, I would stay in the area where you went to nursing school for ONE YEAR of hospital experience, and then move. Getting that year of experience is almost impossible in CA, where many CA nursing school grads are moving OUT OF STATE for a year, and then coming back.
mccordm1 replied to Cutieepie's topic in First Year
You should definitely do it. I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras from 2007-2009. While translating for American medical brigades, I decided to become a nurse. After finishing my service, I went to nursing school. I wish I had been a nurse during my service; I could have made that much more of a difference!! One of the girls in my group was a Registered Nurse. She immediately got a job right after our service. If you want to do it, I can't imagine one reason to pass it up.
mccordm1 replied to captain byakuya's topic in Job Hunt
Has anyone who has posted on this thread recently gotten a job? I would love to hear some good outcomes! It can all be so discouraging! It's easier to stay optimistic when others are in the same situation, and eventually come out with jobs!!
It seems so hard to get a New Grad RN position in Southern California...To those that have gotten one, what is your advice? How did you land the job? Networking? GPA? Working as a PCA? Volunteering? Calling recruiters? All of the above?