I recently passed my RN boards and I'm currently searching for a job. I am in Massachusetts with my associates degree so basically it's about who you know at this point and lots of praying haha.
I have a ton of experience including ICU, med/surg, oncology, emergency room and maternity. I also have a degree in respiratory therapy, no license though.
I tell you all of this for advice or maybe to vent because I am getting no where with this job search
. I am open to any job including long term, acute, home care, psych, you name it.
I've been on a few interviews, some really good and some well not-so-much...but it's been extremely frustrating. I interview very well (do my research, dress appropriately, prepare for questions, ask questions) and I look at every interview as I will only get better! Either they ask me if I have a BSN(which I'm starting in January) or totally waste my time. I got a call yesterday at 8:30 am to reschedule for a 9 am Interview because the nurse manager called out sick. I live 45 mins away. I call to check in on my application and they just give me the generic answer or they just flat out reject me for no reason. I am constantly trying to remind myself to stay positive, but it is really hard. People in my class who have literally no healthcare experience are getting jobs in acute care! Like good for them, but what about the people who gained experience while in nursing school
? I may not have a 4.0 gpa, but I did get B's and I wouldn't change the experience I have for anything.
Please just leave any advice or well wishes because I am loosing hope !!
Dec 29, '17
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I too am confused. If you just passed your licensing exam, you cannot have "tons of experience" in any area. Of course, that is assuming you passed nursing boards. If you just passed NCLEX, you can't have a ton of experience, since you have never worked as a nurse before.
Can you clarify?
As stated in my op, I did just pass my nursing boards in the state of Massachusetts. I do not have RN experience, but I do have plenty of experience as a nursing assistant and unit secretary. I am sort of confused with your post too .. didn't make any sense and you didn't help at all and yes you can have a ton of acute care experience without being a nurse. Are nurses the only part of an interdisciplinary team ? Thanks!
Last edit by Mtac32 on Dec 29, '17
Dec 30, '17
Not trying to be insensitive but maybe your spelling needs a little help. Maybe there were typos on your resume or application that scare a potential employer since you'll be reading orders and writing notes that are actually legal documents. Just practice more. This is a good place for it because we'll help you. Don't lose hope.
Also when asked, people want to know the length of your nursing experience as an LPN or RN. It is nice that you have the other ancillary experience as well. It's definitely to your advantage.
Last edit by wondern on Dec 30, '17