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New Grads Having Difficulty Obtaining Employment
“New Grads need not apply”
Are you a new nurse? Are you finding it difficult to obtain a position with your new hard earned nursing license? Most employers want you to have that one year experience, but if everyone wants it who is going to give it? What do you do when your a New Graduate Nurse without a Job?
The nursing shortages that we experienced back in the early 2000’s had the result of hundreds of new nursing programs being instituted all over the nation. This has eased the nursing shortage in some areas but has also caused a new problem for nursing graduates…NO LOCAL JOBS. A hospital requires a certain ratio of experienced nurses to new nurses in order to maintain safe patient care. This means that many of these cities where we’ve seen an increase in nursing programs are now experiencing a lack of job openings for the graduating nurses.
- Take the opportunities your college may offer for externships/internships. This is all about building the relationships with the staff, management and opens doors for future employment opportunities.
- Work PRN at a local agency or hospital. In many instances once you’ve worked in a facility and proven yourself, the admin can and sometimes will ‘make’ an opening for you if they feel that you would be a valued employee.
- Work a ‘contract’ in another state. Not necessarily as a travel nurse but it’s very similar and in most cases, the hospital will provide you a relocation package in return for a signed commitment to work for them for a specified length of time.
- Connect with the college career services personnel early and see what opportunities might be available that will assist in full time work after graduation. Many colleges have agreements with the local hospitals for internships, CNA positions, etc that will be a benefit once you have graduated and are ready to fully hit the workplace.
We hope you found these tips for graduate nurses helpful. Do you have any tips to share for graduate nurses? Comment them below.
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