New nurses, it’s time to look in new directions for employment and to utilize new ways to find and get those jobs. The nursing job market is tight in most parts of the country and hospital jobs are particularly scarse for nurses - especially new nurses. If you haven’t already, please read parts 1 and 2 of this series.
So if hospital jobs are scarce, where else can new nurses look? Consider some of the following options: Out-patient hemodialysis with a private company (as opposed to hospital-owned), cancer care facilites, birthing centers, psychiatric facilities, pediatric rehab, long-term acute care (LTAC), adult rehab – both acute and long term, long-term care, sub-acute care, and home care.
Other options include school and public health nursing, hospice and palliative care, and correctional health (prisons & juvenille detention centers) to name a few.
If you are willing to relocate to obtain a hospital job, you’ll find opportunities for new nurses more plentiful in parts of Texas, Arizona, Missouri, New Mexico, and some Midwest states. Use the search feature at http://www.nurse.com/jobs/ and enter “new graduate” in the keyword box. Although all opportunities that come up will not be right for you, you may find some that are.
Consider joining the military – even the reserves – as a way to launch your nursing career.
Look for civilian jobs in hospitals and healthcare facilities on military bases.
Apply to the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corp if you qualify http://www.usphs.gov/
Apply for loan repayment programs where you will be required to work in underserved areas http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/repayment/nursing/
Contact the Indian Health Service for opportunities http://www.ihs.gov/MedicalPrograms/Nursing/
Consider starting your own business. Some innovative new nurses who couldn’t find employment started a sick-child daycare service!
Remember – you need to look in new directions for employment but you also need to utilize new ways of finding and getting those jobs as outlined in Part 2 of this series.