INTERVIEWING/FINDING A JOB AS A NEW GRAD?
As I write this, I may or may not be slightly bitter.
I went through the “best nursing program in the region”. I paid outrageous prices, I kept my GPA above a 3.6 and I jumped through every flaming hoop they set in my way all because “the nurses we produce get hired”.
I’ve talked to people in multiple organizations in the area, they all say grad’s from this particular school’s program get their resumes put right on top, so maybe the nurses they produce do get hired. What they failed to tell us was that while there is a nursing shortage in a lot of places, there isn’t one here.
We have graduates from 3 different schools in the area all vying for the same positions. In this area we have 2 organizations that monopolize the hospitals within the region (7 to be exact), and one university hospital. One of those organizations (who controls 4 of those hospitals) only hires new graduates within their residency program. It’s made very clear that they interview and hire their internal applicants first (aides who finished school or students who did clinical there). I made it to the final interview process (not being internal, one of the handful who were not and one of two from my program) and was called two days later; unfortunately it wasn’t the call I wanted. I was told I interviewed very well and had their been one more spot, I would’ve had it but they had to take their internal applicants first. URGH.
Back to square one. The job board for the other organization had ZERO jobs for a few weeks. There was ONE on the university hospitals. I applied, but wasn’t holding my breath as I was told it was REALLY hard to get an interview there, let alone get hired. The next week rolled around and 4 jobs popped up on the organizations board…mind you this organization is the one I did my clinical rotations in, as it’s ran by the me organization that runs the college I went to and they “like the retain the nurses they produce”.
I’ve heard nothing from that organization. Zilch, zero, nada. Neither has anyone else, so much for retaining the nurses you produce. However, I did receive call from the university and have an interview tomorrow morning. I’m trying to stay positive as this would be an incredible opportunity but at the same time, I’m feeling like they just need to interview so many people before they can offer the position to an internal applicant.
If things don’t start looking up soon, I’m considering moving to somewhere that actually needs nurses.