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Monday March 11, 2013
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I was just reading the Jan. 14 letter “Frustrated new grad” (www.Nurse.com/Letter/Frustrated-New-Grad) from Anne Judson in Fountain Valley, Calif., about not being able to find a position as a new grad. I would like to let new grads know to go to www.USAJobs.gov.

Some of the Veterans Affairs hospitals do hire new grads. If a new graduate is willing to consider relocation, VA Palo Alto Health System is one of the facilities that does hire them. I am the mental health nurse educator for the department of nursing and we are getting about a dozen new grads starting this summer. Not all VAs may be hiring, but new grads should try them all anyway.

— Karen Wall, RN-BC, BSN, MA, Palo Alto, Calif.