Hi! Background: I finished my RN in an EL-MSN program in Orange County, CA, and have been accepted into a CNM program in the Fall, givent that I get 6 months of experience by the beginnning of my second year.
I'm willing to take ANYthing that comes along. Medsurg, ortho, L&D (would be a DREAM and a half), postpartum (same thing), ...anything in a hospital that allows me to be a nurse. I can't wait to get onto the floor and care for patients and learn about what we do.
I'm heartbroken that there's no residency program like there is for medical students. Nurses eat their young and hang them out to dry and I do NOT get why. Do the older nurses want a new generation of unqualified, uncaring, angry, and abused nurses? I have run into a few kind "no's" over the past two months of searching. I have to take care of my Alzheimer's father and so can't really move out of the area.
I love nursing and I love my family. I now have the RN to go out and support my father as he deserves to be...eating more than lentil soup and a roll for dinner.
Please. Do you have any ideas of ANYTHING I can do to get a foot in the door? I have a good resume, a good cover letter, Great grades, great clinical recommendations...
The only thing I can really take responsibility for at this point is being so very scared and intimidated by that next
"NO." Walking into a hospital HR dept makes me panic (internally, only, of course)...I smile, shake hands, hand them my portfolio of A quality work...nothing.
In the end, I'm sad that I did my best to become all that they said I should be to become a nurse (reliable, caring, capable, educated, willing to learn how to be a great teamplayer,) and I'm not a nurse.
Boo hoo. I'm feeling sorry for myself tonight.
Thanks, dear fellow nurse :heartbeat, for your kindness. I need a little bit to keep going. Somewhere, somehow, a generous nurse will say, "I'll give you a chance. Here, come serve our patients with us." And I'll be off to the races!