I am a new-grad LPN, just passed my NCLEX-PN on Oct. 2nd.
I've been looking for anything available...I started off hoping to find a job in a hospital setting but there was a grand total of one hospital position for a LPN that I found, and it required 5 years experience. Went to nursing homes next-I searched online job boards, went to the facility websites, went to facilities in person to fill out applications and try to get an interview. I've started applying for tech jobs (like pt. transport, unit secretary, CNA) and looking for positions in surrounding states. I've applied for every available shift, per diem, temp positions, ANYTHING....but still, I'm getting nowhere
I'm getting really frustrated and the depression has been starting to creep in. I know I shouldn't take it personally, that it's a tough market, that I just have to keep plugging along and it's only been a month. But it's just so frustrating...I worked really hard in nursing school, I graduated at the top of my class and I really poured my heart into it. I have great references from my clinical instructors, even my program director who normally doesn't give them. But it's like none of that matters...I can't even get an interview. I'm now working on my RN through Excelsior and I'm thinking about just giving up on the job search and putting all of my energy into that so I can finish it quickly, but I'm worried that I'll find myself in the same position as a new-grad RN with no experience. The whole point of getting my LPN first was to get my license in the shortest time possible, so that I could work as a nurse while doing my RN and still be able to support my family.
Does anyone have advice? And those of you who are in the same boat, feel free to use this thread to vent...helps to know I'm not alone!