Post # 1
This spring my fiance will be graduating from an associate’s program in nursing. Additionally, I will be graduating with my bachelors in international relations (yay!), and I plan on immediately going to graduate school. Our plan was basically to live on his salary while I finish my masters. However, recent reading I have done seems to indicate that it actually has become very difficult for recent nursing graduates with an associates to find employment. Are there any Bees in nursing that can comment on this, or offer advice? We live in the Philadelphia area, but we are open to relocating/job searching in southern/central PA, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Thank so much!
Post # 3
My FI is a nurse and had a hard time finding a job here in Arizona even with 2 years experience in Ohio. At FIs current hospital they are currently not hiring newly graduated nurses. It’s sad, but with the current economy even jobs that were supposed to be secure and easy to get are hard to come by now. Tell him to apply everywhere, eventually he will find something.
Post # 4
I didn’t have any problems. I graduated in may and had a job lined up before I took boards. But I live in SC. So it might be different here. But all 60 or so people I graduated with have found jobs by now.
Post # 5
Did either of you work as a tech/intern while going through school? If so, that may help you get a job a LOT easier. I know a lot of hospitals in my area (central florida) are going towards becoming magnet hospitals where the majority of bedside nurses are BSN’s instead of ADN’s, but I graduated a little over a year ago with an ADN and most of my class (almost 150 grads) didn’t have a hard time finding a job that I know of. Like another pp said, apply EVERYWHERE and don’t be picky about where you go to start out. You can get great experience no matter what floor/area you work. And once you have your foot in the door, it is easier to transfer. Good luck!!
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
I think it depends on the area you live in/ work in. Also where he plans to work at (nursing home, hospital, hospice, home health). Like PP said don’t be picky about where you start out at, don’t be picky about the money, get your foot in the door and go from there. You’ll be amazed at all the places that hire nurses.
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA
I didn’t have any problems. I had several offers before graduating with my ADN in December.
Post # 8
hi there 🙂 i graduated last year in nursing. i went to school outside of philly, and a lot of my classmates attempted to get jobs in the city. most were not able to get jobs unless the job was specifically for new grads, and even then positions were highly competitive due to all of the nursing programs in the philly area (drexel, widener, etc). a few of my classmates landed jobs with main line’s nurse residency program and had positive experiences. my advice would be to find a job specific for new nursing grad- at my hospital, i was given 5 months orientation and was offered the ECCO critical care course. Adn-prepared nurses were hired at the same time as me, however i’m not sure if this has changed over the past year (the job description for my unit states BSN preferred). hope this helps, and feel free to pm me if you have any questions!!
Post # 9
Thank you everyone for your replies! I appreciate the advice!
Yes, my fiance does plan on applying for jobs in a variety of settings, not just hospitals. He has said he would especially look at long term care facilities.
What I am kinda unsure about is that people we have spoken to said that he should plan on job searching in a lot of different locations. He is from the Philly area, and I am originally from Virginia, so we planned on looking around those locations. However, would he then need to take his nursing boards for all the different states he is looking at jobs in…? Does he need to have the license BEFORE applying?
I also get the impression that hiring varies drastically around the country. (It only makes sense!) I think maybe ADN nurses would have better luck applying in more rural areas… maybe? All the urban medical professionals I have spoken with (from D.C., Philly, Baltimore) talk about how hospitals are/want to magnet status, and thus aren’t hiring as many nurses without their bachelors.
@arametta127: He has been doing clinicals at different places. Would that count as an internship? Also, he does have a number of years of experience working as a medical assistant in a doctor’s office. don’t know if that would help, but it couldn’t hurt either.
@staceface0 : Thanks for your help! I will message you- If you don’t mind, I would love to know the name of your hospital 🙂
Thanks again for your help. I tend to worry a lot- I appreciate knowing what our prospects will be like for the near future 🙂
Post # 10
I graduated nursing school last week, and I had job offers during the first semester. I also work in the ER and here they hire new grads who have never worked anywhere before. I don’t think he’s going to have a problem at all & I pray he does find a job he loves ASAP!!! My only advice is that he puts in his “suck-it-up-buttercup” year. The first year, you just take whatever job comes along, and you deal with it…after you get your one year of experience, you can go work anywhere you want! Best of Luck!