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MauraRN has 14 years experience.

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I did 100+ applications and got 1 interview; I got that job. I started the process applying to the positions that I was interested in; ED, cardiac, iv therapy. After about 40 of those, I went to the med/surg positions and was hired in a med/surg-acute rehab unit of a very nice community hospital. I am south of Boston and did NOT want to commute to the city. I was an LPN in sub-acute care, so this unit was not a big leap in patient care, big leap in electronic documentation, 4 pts instead of 24, like that. Apply for all possible positions, you never know what will pop for you. And if its not your dream job (my dream is ED) at least you will be getting great experience. If you can't get in a hospital, try LTC/sub-acute care, you will get lots of experience there.

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Just be positive.

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Just wanted to add my two cents. Do not let these negative Nancy's discourage you. Yes it is hard to find a new job as a new grad RN, BSN ADN whatever. The key is that it is hard not impossible. You have to do whatever it takes to get the job if you want it. So what you may not have the best cover letter, or resume, the highest gpa, there maybe something else unique about you the employer wants to see. There is definitely a job waiting for me, you, and whoever else is looking. Also if you really want a job don't be too picky but ensure safety. I have tried a couple of things so far but I still want to work in a hospital and I am not going to stop applying, calling people, showing up, telling people I want a job, and taking advantage of oppurtunities that can increase my chances of what I want. It is a bad economy and there are jobs even for new grads.

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Carrie_MTC has 3 years experience.

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Physicians Regional in Naples, FL. I'm relocating there from Ohio, it's pretty much impossible to get a job here unless you have some serious connections, and no it's not because I have a poor resume, interview skills etc. I've actually had the Dean on my Nursing school and Nursing Recruiter look over my resume. I put in between 300-400 applications to hospitals all over Ohio, and sent letters to Nursing Recruiters. I'm expected to believe the reason I didn't get a single interview was due to my lack of effort. That is more annoying than the fact that no new grads can find jobs in Ohio.

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whodatnurse specializes in Psych.

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If getting a job as a new grad had NOTHING to do with luck and only has to do with hard work that must mean that us jobless new grads aren't working hard enough. Being lucky enough to have nurses in your family to help get you "in" to a hospital has nothing to do with it. Or being at the right place at the right time has nothing to do with it. I'm not saying that RNs with jobs only got them because of luck. I'm sure they worked their butts off to get that job. But some of us unemployed nurses have also worked our butts off. We just don't have anything to show for it. I guess I "deserve" to be broke and underemployed.

Princessa...and CaliAliRN

Having grown up in a small town in a very rural area I understand quite well how there are absolutely some places where above all else you had better have connections if you hope to land a job. Not ALL of us here are naive to this unfortunate reality. ;)

Good luck to you and all my fellow new grads as you continue your job searches. Mine took ten months, during which I too experienced all the emotional ups and downs.

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To some of the above posts, I graduated in Socal and have been looking for jobs tirelessly there. The people I know who have gotten hired from my program are those they KNOW people. One person filled out one application before she took NCLEX and was hired. No one who has gotten hired (that I know personally) has gone through an entire application process like I have done continuously. I don't think this is just because of bad resumes. I know people who have gotten called for interviews that have less experience and poorer GPAs than I do, so yes I see this as lucky for them. Some programs do a lottery system, so that's luck, not hard work. Unfortunately there just aren't enough spots for all the new grad programs out there.

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knittern has 17 years experience and specializes in everything except "birth and babies".

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I live in NC and I have 17 years experience and it took me over a year to find a job!

I am appalled that nursing schools continue to push "nursing shortage" when most of the

new grads are having a hard time. Most of this is because of continual budget cuts!

Reimbursement are not what they use to be! Most areas have a community college or university

that has a nursing program. So that has decreased needs, those that were going to retire

have not been able to due to economic reasons. The positions that were constantly being floated

With people in and out are not available due to people are not moving. The nurse managers know

That it may take 2-4 weeks to train an experienced nurse rather than hire a new grad that

may take months, it has a lot to do with economy! Good luck and you may have to look at non-

hospital options.

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It took me 4 months after graduation and 10 months after first sending out applications to find a job and I worked endlessly, obsessively at finding a job. On one interview trip alone I flew 12 hours, worked a 6 hour shift at the interview site and did a panel interview and flew 12 hours back the following day only to find out Christmas Day that I didn't get the job. Also it's not always about who you know. I know the CEO of a large, local hospital and still couldn't get a job there so it ISN'T always about who you know.

My advice is:

1) Be willing to move anywhere in the country (if you have families I know this is impossible but for others this really does open things up completely)

2)Find the areas in the country that are actually hiring new grads (parts of up-state new york, areas in michigan, illinois, idaho, texas) and apply there. Sell them on how you would love to relocate there to work at their facility (whether you would actually love to relocate there or not, your enthusiasm will sell it).

Email the nurse managers directly about your absolute passion for the specialty and attach your resume. (online research of email addresses is key)

3) be sure to always follow up your application with a phone call to the nurse recruiter

4) be tenacious about checking websites about opportunities and apply, apply, apply

5) most importantly try to keep a positive attitude. If you need a break from searching and applying give it to yourself. Know that the right opportunity is out there it will just take time and patience. Remember that you will never have to endure a job search this challenging in nursing ever again. Once you have that experience it will never again be this hard.

6) Do not take things personally. If you don't get the job its probably because 900 other people applied for it and it simply was not the right job.

Good luck to everyone! I hope this recession ends really soon!!!

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Do NOT move to PA! Nobody is hiring despite certain large cities with black and gold football teams being a mecca for medicine and nursing schools keep pumping out grads by the hundreds. :crying2:

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