how long did it take for you to start working?

  1. Greetings,
    i found out i passed the NCLEX on july 29 and i am still not working. out of 5 hospitals i only got one call back, and that was last week... and even then they said they will call me again next week becuz the nurse mang. is on vacation!

    how long did it take for your employers to call you for an interview, or to hire you?

    i moved to another state after graduation,and i am hearing all my classmates talk about working as a nurse... and i wanna work too!
    my bills are really pilling up on me!

    so how long after becoming Rn, were you able to work as a RN?
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  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   teeituptom
    Ive been working since I was 13
    more like when did I stop working
    still waiting for that to happen
  4. by   Chrislynn2003
    I put in an application online and the next day got a phone call for an interview. One month later was hired. I also put in another application and 5 months later got a call.
  5. by   itsnowbegun
    see that post is not making me feel too good..its time for me to go into stalker mode about getting a call back!
  6. by   nursetee627
    I WENT ON TWO INTERVIEWS AND DID NOT GET HIRED I JUST WENT TO ANOTHER ONE AND HE IS SUPPOSE TO CALL ME TOMMOROW TO SEE WHERE HE CAN PLACE ME . I FEEL THE INTERVIEW QUESTION ARE TERRIBLE . AM I THE ONLY ONE ?
  7. by   itsnowbegun
    were you looking for a certain unit, and they didn't have any positions opens NurseTee? and what were some of the questions that asked during the interview?
    i could have swore it was a nurse shortage, i guess not that bad up in the NOrth East.
  8. by   Gator,SN
    I knew that I wanted to work in CCU and when I heard that some jobs were opening at a local hospital, I applied in December. I interviewed and was called back for a second interview. I was hired in January. I graduated on May 17th and started working two days later.
    By mid March may of my classmates had secured jobs and the rest gradually got hired. At graduation, 100% of my class was employed.

    Good luck to you itsnowbegun, you will find the perfect job if you are determined. Send out lots of resumes and stay positive!

    Best wishes!
    Gator
  9. by   nekhismom
    I'll give you the same advice someone gave me: post your resume on monster.com. You will get a lot of calls and you will probably get sick of them, but at least you will be able to find a job. I am still a student, will graduate in Dec., but I am already looking!
  10. by   itsnowbegun
    thank you all for the encouragement..i keep coming here reading the post!
    i put up my resume on monster.com and about 30 minutes letter a recruitment agency contacted me.... but i really dont how they fit into the equation..i am a new grad and i dont know... i will give them a call tomorrow, God-willing..
    thanks for all of those who respond..
    but i will stalk them until i get hired on somebody's unit!
  11. by   RNinRI
    Don't give up. I had a hard time finding a position too and kind of fell into the perfect job just about when I had given up hope of finding something halfway decent. That's it, become a stalker! In this case, it's ok! Good luck!
  12. by   altomga
    I guess I was lucky...I was offered a job before I ever graduated college.
    I started work 1 1/2 months after I graduated (it was that long b/c I wanted some time off before I started working)

    Hope you have some good luck.
  13. by   fourbirds4me
    I started working 2 weeks ago. I took a few months off after graduation. I applied at both hospitals here in town. I heard back from both but one was calling me back before I got home and I had a job offer that day but for OB float. The nurse manager called me back the next day and told be the job I REALLY wanted had opened up and offered that to me. So I have had great luck and so far I am loving every minute!!
  14. by   zacarias
    itsnowbegun,

    I start my new job on Aug 25th but please know that it wasn't exactly a walk in the park to get. Plus, I didn't have people bangin' on my door so please don't feel bad. You are wanted and needed, they just know it.
    The reason for this is multifactorial. Depending on where you live in the states, the shortage may not be as acute. Also, the summer time is one of the harder times to get a nursing job because the market gets a huge influx of nurses from community colleges and universities. Recruiters also don't always tell you every position that is available. They also don't always call back depending on the recruiter.
    My advice is to be diligent and call them back and let them know that you're interested and be flexible. Don't sell yourself short but also be open to discussing options with recruiters.
    Please let us know any updates.

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