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Why it’s so hard to get your first job as a new RN grad?

October 1st, 2021

Don’t get discouraged. It took me 6 months to find my first job and I applied to over 142 jobs. It will happen. I would t recommend staring outside of the hospital setting if that’s where you want to be because hospitals don’t consider any work outside of acute care hospital settings as experience. So if you sign on to a home Heath job thinking you might have an easier avenue to getting hired on at a hospital with a year of that experience, it won’t happen. They will make you start from scratch like you are a new grad all over. So if you want a hospital job then stick out for the hospital job.

Just keep applying. You will get in somewhere. Then once you have a year of experience your doors to other opportunities start opening a lot more. Get that year and you can move where ever you want.

October 1st, 2021

Hi there, it all depends on locality. Many larger facilities are in dire need of critical care nurses, they will take new grads. That’s how I started. I started in PICU, and did a lot of cross training to NICU, PEDS and then ended up on the Resource team. Now, I am a flight nurse.

My recommendation is, depending what’s open, be open to any department to get your foot in the door and apply early.

Have a great day and congratulations on your new career!!!


October 16th, 2021

I guess it depends where you live. Where I live they give big sign on bonuses because they want the new nurses. You have to sign a contract to stay 2 years or you have to pay it all back but $8000-$10,000 isn't bad.. You can hang on for 2 years.

October 13th, 2021

Where I live in the Tulsa, OK area there wasn’t any problem at all. In fact one of our large hospitals has a program called the IPDU, inter professional development unit, which is great for new nurses and gives you a year with a preceptor on a med-surg flooe. You have your own preceptor for 6 months that is always with you and then for 6 months you are on your own but they still are there to help you with anything and make sure you are doing well. Then the last couple ok than of your year there you start shadowing in other departments of interest to see where you’d like to work. It’s a brilliant program. I think every hospital should implement programs like this one.

October 11th, 2021

Well I started back in 2000 I had already been working at UC Davis Medical Center as a Pharmacy Technician and so I guess I had some seniority on selection of my first job. You can also try a Nursing agency and do temp-to hire Nursing and they will put you in jobs for x amount of weeks and you can gain training and experience that way.

October 11th, 2021


October 11th, 2021

Training a new nurse is very time consuming. Brace yourself, in most citations, your co-workers may not be gentle or gracious because you are new. Don't let that discourage you.

You will make mistakes. EVERYONE has made mistakes. Learn from them and keep your head high.

October 10th, 2021

I found a job 2 weeks after I graduated pending license. It depends on your area.