So... I don't know if I am the only one in this boat, but I really need some advice/thoughts. I graduated with a BSN in May 2013, passed my NCLEX in August 2013. And I still don't have a job yet!!! It has been almost a year since I graduated from nursing school
...It is already March! I feel so embarrassed about this, to be honest. I have been applying to hospitals mostly because I want to be able to use the skills that I used during clinicals. I realllly wanted to start out in a hospital setting. I feel like if I got a job at a nursing home I won't get to use a lot of skills and they will just keep slipping further away. My younger brother is a STNA at a nursing home and he thinks I should try to get a job at the same place he works at. Do you think I should apply at nursing homes so I can try to get some experience? I don't have a background in nursing. The only work experience I have had is babysitting (child care provider) and working at a horse farm, so that is probably a factor in it. I want to start my nursing career and help people. I feel like I am not even being considered for interviews even though I keep applying. It gets frustrating, depressing, embarrassing because of this situation I am in. I would really appreciate any advice that anyone has to give! I am located in Ohio and am 23 years old if you were wondering. Please help! And thank you SO much in advance for any thoughts and advice!
Mar 4, '14
I'm in the exact same boat!! Its definitely frustrating, I completely understand. Good luck in landing a job in a nursing home! Personally, I have absolutely to work in that setting and I know I would be extremely unhappy if I did. Its not beneath me in any way, I just know its not the place for me, but it could be for you. It truly is a calling and I have the utmost respect for the amazing people that do work there! One thing I've learned in job hunting is that networking is key. Its all about who you know and who they know. Go to career fairs, mingle with people in (or not in) your industry. Ask friends, family, really anyone. Most people know of at least 1 person in healthcare, especially nurses. Even my friends and family have been sniffing around for me and out of the blue our family doctor offered himself as a reference! My sister's friend from her old job happened to know someone who works in HR at a hospital at which I'm applying, so you just never know who has connections.
Another thing I've done is joinmy local Red Cross chapter. It'll get you involved with people who have similar interests and there's probably a nurses chapter as well. My Mom told me helping someone else is the best way to boost your spirits and its totally true. We became RNs because we wanted to help others, right? Volunteering is great for a resume because it shows you're willing to and enjoy offering your time, efforts, and your means without compensation simply out of the goodness of your heart. Check it out! There's also an RN on YouTube called EmpoweRN. Her channel is awesome, and she's super helpful if you email her for advice (I did! Her email address is on her Facebook page). She even sent me a link to her book on RN success that you can buy online for a penny!
Another idea: if there's nursing professor you trust, maybe shoot them an email asking for guidance? Or consider your school's career center for help with your resume, interviewing, etc, or any other facility that offers services like that. It couldn't hurt! I know its tough, but stay positive. Keep us updated on your job search! There's a job waiting for you (and me), promise
*so sorry for this novel! haha*
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