ADNs having problems getting jobs?

  1. Just heard from some folks in houston that new-grad ADNs are having problems landing jobs.

    I think it's a regional thing; here in central texas [waco/temple/killeen], I don't think anyone I know in the ADN program has had a problem finding a job. Could it possibly be new-grad saturation?

    There are only 2 community colleges in this area that offer an ADN program [TC and CTC] and only 2 universities that offer a BSN program [Baylor and UMHB]; and there are 6+ hospitals and even more clinics.

    Anyone have any insight as to what may happen with future ADN grads? Do you feel this a regional thing? I figure that with the nurse shortage, hospitals shouldn't be UBER picky as to who they hire. Then again, they probably aren't going to hire someone that barely scraped by in the ADN program.

    Any thoughts? Questions? Concerns?
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  3. by   Mrs.Rollins
    I had no problem landing a job; as a matter of fact, I had multiple offers (I graduated from Galveston College). However, half of our graduating class still have not found employment. One was only able to find a job in a PCP's office, and they won't even let her start until she's licensed. She told me she cried when they made the job offer because the pay is so ridiculous, but she's desperate for a job so she took it.

    It very well might be regional for us, mostly relating to Hurricane Ike. The closing of UTMB changed everything.
  4. by   Jerico
    BSNs get first pick of jobs as most employers prefer BSN educated nurses. Supply and demand.
  5. by   Mrs.Rollins
    Quote from Jerico
    BSNs get first pick of jobs as most employers prefer BSN educated nurses. Supply and demand.
    Yes, this is also very true. for example, The Methodist system won't accept anyone but BSN's into their new grad programs.
  6. by   sbyramRN
    Quote from Mrs.Rollins
    Yes, this is also very true. for example, The Methodist system won't accept anyone but BSN's into their new grad programs.
    I graduated from an ADN program, and was offered employment at the only two hospitals I interviewed with: The Women's Hospital in L & D, and Texas Children's Hospital in the ER.

    I think a lot has to do with the person...Texas Children's is a Magnet hospital, but they still hire ADN's.
  7. by   jla623
    Quote from Jerico
    BSNs get first pick of jobs as most employers prefer BSN educated nurses. Supply and demand.
    Not exactly true. I was offered several ICU positions (where there were only 1 or 2 spots available) over BSN graduates, and I have an ADN. One of them was a magnet hospital.

    It's all very competitive whether you have an ADN or BSN. Of course, I'm sure it would be a different story if I were not planning on continuing my education at all.

    You also have to take into account that many ADN graduates already hold bachelors degrees in other fields.
  8. by   jla623
    Quote from Mrs.Rollins
    Yes, this is also very true. for example, The Methodist system won't accept anyone but BSN's into their new grad programs.
    We had several people in our program (ADN) receive offers for new grad internships at Methodist.
  9. by   star99
    does gpa matter?
  10. by   ibme
    New grads in Houston are having a harder time finding a job then those who graduated 6-12 months ago. Yes, some have been hired but I know ALOT of new grads who CANNOT find a job in Houston; both BSN and ADN graduates. I wish I would have graduated last December or May 2008...
  11. by   Future TX RN
    Quote from never ending
    New grads in Houston are having a harder time finding a job then those who graduated 6-12 months ago. Yes, some have been hired but I know ALOT of new grads who CANNOT find a job in Houston; both BSN and ADN graduates. I wish I would have graduated last December or May 2008...
    do you have any idea why that is?
  12. by   afireinside
    I just recently graduated from San Jac's nursing program. Luckily I was able to be immediately hired in the ER at Bayshore because I had been teching there for the past 6 months. I know that a lot of people in my class are having a hard time finding jobs. The main reason that the jobs aren't as plentiful is because of the UTMB medical personnel that flooded the job market after Ike. Many EXPERIENCED nurses needed to be placed in jobs and have still not returned to Galveston. As a result, there are less available positions in Houston compared to other places. Not to mention the problems with the economy...
  13. by   Mrs.Rollins
    I work in the ICU at Bayshore!
  14. by   Benaffleck
    Mrs. Rollins,
    Hi there! I am currently enrolled in the ADN program here in Galveston College and I am starting worrying if I would have a hard time finding a job when my program is over in 2011. Do you think I would have a hard time? When you apply at the hospitals, do they ask what your gpa was when you graduated and can you start applying for jobs before you graduate? I would love to work at Texas Children's Hospital in the near future.

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