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Old 03-11-2014, 9:21 PM
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Hey Shooters,

I am a new grad RN, looking to start my career as a nurse in the SoCal area. I graduated last May and unless you know someone its hard to find a job without nursing experience. Its not about what is on your resume, its about who you know.

My background is in EMS. I was an EMT in my civilian job on a dedicated ambulance for over 5 years. Im also an OIF veteran trained as a Combat Life Saver during my deployment. I am currently working in a hospital on a Telemetry/MedSurg Unit.

Im currently enrolled in a BSN program and I have a unrestricted RN license, and ACLS, BLS.

If you think you can help me land a job as a RN then drinks will be on me

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I know a girl or two who works at Hoag as a nurse. Also a good buddy of mines GF is a Nurse but I think it is just outside of OC. Let me ask but PM me in a few days so I dont forget. I wont see one buddy till Friday though.
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I don't get it. You are currently working in a Tele/Med-Surg unit and are looking for a job? I take it you're looking for a NEW job, or that you are not working as a nurse in your current position.

Either way, why don't you get a year or two's worth of experience? Won't be too hard to find a job then and will be more about what you know than who.
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Too many rn's out there now?
I thought there were sign on bonuses waiting for new grads?
I've heard of $5k from an ex. She was training a new grad or two all the time at saddleback memorial.
Now she's at hoag.
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My wife started at a per diem agency, she got to work ER at Stanford, Seton, Redwood City, and a few others. She was able to get her connections that way to land a permanent spot after 4 months after getting license. Also to get more connections, you can volunteer at a free clinic once a week, but no $.

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Look into the IE area, any Kindred place, Whittier hospital medical center (that's where my wife works).

Truth is Tele/Med Surg is pretty much where you'll find most job openings. New grads stay there always, just get couple years of experience there, hang in their and good luck

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Look into the IE area, any Kindred place, Whittier hospital medical center (that's where my wife works).

Truth is Tele/Med Surg is pretty much where you'll find most job openings. New grads stay there always, just get couple years of experience there, hang in their and good luck

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a dime a dozen, alienated worker. I think it's pretty common to import RN's these days.
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I know a girl or two who works at Hoag as a nurse. Also a good buddy of mines GF is a Nurse but I think it is just outside of OC. Let me ask but PM me in a few days so I dont forget. I wont see one buddy till Friday though.
Sending you a PM.
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I don't get it. You are currently working in a Tele/Med-Surg unit and are looking for a job? I take it you're looking for a NEW job, or that you are not working as a nurse in your current position.

Either way, why don't you get a year or two's worth of experience? Won't be too hard to find a job then and will be more about what you know than who.
Im working as a PCA, not a nurse. The problem is that my hospital only hires PCA's who are either new grads or in nursing school, so they can transition them into the nursing positions. The problem is on my unit there are so many of us now. AND 4 or 5 girls on my unit just graduated who have been there way longer then me. We just hired a new experienced nurse as a RN because they don't want a bunch of new grad RNs on the floor, so all of us got passed up for a position. I can understand that its unsafe to have a bunch of new RNs, on a Tele unit, but I am keeping all of my eggs in one basket. I just don't see getting promoted on my unit anytime soon.

Everybody wants you to have a year of experience and the new grad residencies are too competitive. Too many new grads applying for 5 spots.
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I was medically separated from the Navy in 2009 for a femur fracture in Kuwait that required emergency surgery in Germany.

Im actually a disabled Vet lol. Im in Voc Rehab now, which is paying for my BSN. Post 9-11 paid for nursing school. I have no limitations and you'd think a hospital would want to hire a disabled vet.

I wont have my BSN until next year.
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Look into the IE area, any Kindred place, Whittier hospital medical center (that's where my wife works).

Truth is Tele/Med Surg is pretty much where you'll find most job openings. New grads stay there always, just get couple years of experience there, hang in their and good luck

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I applied at Whittier's new grad program and didn't hear anything. Yes there are tons of Tele/MS jobs, but 1/2 of my class is still looking for jobs too, and the ones that found jobs had a connection. I will look into Kindred. Thank you

I recently had my first interview with a director for a new grad program at a hospital in LA for the ER and ICU. The interview went better than I could have imagined, but now Im getting nervous because I haven't received a call for a second interview. I asked her what kind of candidates is she looking for, and she said, candidates like me, with my experience. I wrote her a thank you note and sent it with a letter of recommendation from a Professor. She said she would start calling for second round interviews in around 3 weeks, tomorrow is 3 weeks.
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Too many rn's out there now?
I thought there were sign on bonuses waiting for new grads?
I've heard of $5k from an ex. She was training a new grad or two all the time at saddleback memorial.
Now she's at hoag.
Sign on bonuses no longer exist in California. Now they even want new grads to sign a 2 or 3 year contract so you don't quit after you get your year of experience.
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Too many rn's out there now?

I thought there were sign on bonuses waiting for new grads?

I've heard of $5k from an ex. She was training a new grad or two all the time at saddleback memorial.

Now she's at hoag.

You nailed it. Too many

When my wife first graduated the hospital in California. Paid her moving expenses $3k paid 6 month rent on an apartment and gave her $5k sign bonus for a 2 year contract for night shift ICU. a friend just graduated last year he's working at a convalescent home passing out meds. Everyone wants to be a nurse these days. They flooded the market.
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You nailed it. Too many

When my wife first graduated the hospital in California. Paid her moving expenses $3k paid 6 month rent on an apartment and gave her $5k sign bonus for a 2 year contract for night shift ICU. a friend just graduated last year he's working at a convalescent home passing out meds. Everyone wants to be a nurse these days. They flooded the market.

I've found that any industry that opens vocational schools for a given field will way over saturate the market. You drive down the freeway and there are signs for these vocational nursing schools, etc. These schools may be easier to get I to than a traditional college nursing program so they are able to get more people in and through. My wife took a couple of years off after our kids were born and had a hard time getting back in at the hospital she used to work at.
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I've found that any industry that opens vocational schools for a given field will way over saturate the market. You drive down the freeway and there are signs for these vocational nursing schools, etc. These schools may be easier to get I to than a traditional college nursing program so they are able to get more people in and through. My wife took a couple of years off after our kids were born and had a hard time getting back in at the hospital she used to work at.
I can't speak to the rest of the country, but in California the creation of the vocational programs you speak of was in response to an extreme shortage of RNs. RNs were plentiful until about 1995, but then a lot of them retired or left the profession leaving a vacuum that had to be filled either by graduating new nurses or bringing them in from abroad. There are TONS of Phillipino, Australian, and Kiwi RNs that came over in the mid-to-late '90s who are just now considering retirement. Another shortage is not far off.

The lack of RNs here is one reason that RN salaries in California push $100k a year base. In other places where there has been no shortages, pay is still considerably lower. I have a friend that works in Kansas City as an RN and her starting pay, with 3 years experience, was only $16/hr.

Hospitals and other facilities that use RNs put a lot of money every year into these RN programs and continue to do so, which is what created the glut of new nurses we're facing here now. This glut is good for companies that hire nurses, but not so good for the RNs.
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Ca is actually flooded with medical pros.

Take a look out of state.

I knew a nurse who took a job in Louisiana a few years ago. They paid for her move and partially pay for her housing.
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Sign on bonuses no longer exist in California. Now they even want new grads to sign a 2 or 3 year contract so you don't quit after you get your year of experience.
Consider a travel assignment. With ANY experience, you can generally get a travel job in this state. Though I've been an RN for a fair amount of time, I get emails from headhunters and travel agencies almost every day for hospitals looking to fill vacant positions. Travel assignments are usually only 13 weeks, they pay a bit more, and they often lead to permanent positions if you find a good fit. 75% of the permanent, full-time RNs in the ICU I recently worked in started out as travelers.

With the hiring firewall that is the Internet and electronic application submission, there's no doubt that it's harder to get your foot in the door today than even 10 years ago, but if you get your name out there enough, something will come up.
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Find a hospital that hosts the Versant program. Dignity/CHW and Adventist Health offer the Versant program to all new grads straight out of school. The program pairs the new grad up with a set of precepts that offer OJT with training in policies and procedures as well. You become a better trained nurse without being thrown to the wolves so to speak.

I took a position as a conscious sedation RN in a out patient OR setting as a new grad. That experience opened the door cardiac cath lab, OR,ER. Which as a new grad nurse is pretty much impossible without the Versant program. My certs, training, and experience can land me a job in any setting now and the Versant program was the first stepping stone. I never worked as a floor nurse and thank the Lord every day for it lol. Its really a dead end spot as the skill set on the med-surge floor is pretty basic.

Also try and expand your area out of San Diego, los Angeles, OC. The labor market is ultra competitive there.
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A lot of good advice and much of it I'm sure you've already heard. Sorry that I don't really have any special insight other than whats been said. Like you, I worked Tele as a PCA while I was in school. I was lucky to have a manager that saved a spot for me when I graduated.

Over the past two years our floor literally hired 6 new grads (including me). The jobs are out there. Just gotta stick out from the rest and make yourself seen. I know 4 separate other newgrads who got jobs simply by walking into the managers office with a resume' in hand.
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If you ever decide that you want to move way up north (Chico), I have a cousin who's a Nurse Practitioner and could probably help you find work.
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Good luck to you. It took my wife 8 months to find a job at a skilled nursing facility as an RN. Pay sucked but she finally got 2 years in. I say 2 years because that's what places want up in NorCal to even look at you. She now has a job with sutter home health and loves the work. She applied several hundred times to vereous places throughout those 2 years.
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