This is a combination vent and a cry for advice. I graduated with my ADN 12/2009. I worked from May 2010 until May 2013. I just finished my BSN 08/2013. Now, my entire nursing career I worked in a plasma center, which was just a complete dead end job. I tried other places, but no one would even give me a chance. I interviewed at one hospital and everything looked great until I accidentally let it slip I had epilepsy. Needless to say I didn't get the job. I've been out of work since May, on top of the fact that I was fired. In my opinion I was thrown under the bus. All of a sudden management stopped letting things slide. I was on the receiving end. I don't have any hospital experience. When I fill out online apps, I get stonewalled when they ask, "Do you have one year hospital experience?" I can't say yes, so the next message is "Thank you for your interest in so and so health system, unfortuneately your experience does not match the canidate that we are looking for". So I try looking at new grad positions. They want letters from clinical instructors. I haven't seen or talked to my clinical instructors in four years! They told me I would fail! So no, I will not get a letter from them. I've looked into corrections, school nursing, office nursing anything and everything. I had to cash out my 401K, I had to move back in with my Dad, I did not get unemployment, I don't know what to do. I don't want to give up on nursing. I love nursing. I am starting to give up on my dream of being an ED nurse. I have over $30,000 invested in my education. I go to conferences by myself, I have joined associations to try and become active, network. I have people telling me, well you will have to move out of the Chicago area, I have my Dad telling me I will fail if I do. I'm not married, no kids, all I have is my dog to bring with me. I'm ready to cry. I've gotten two prospective job opportunities, but neither have benefits and with O'Bama Care being enacted 01/2014, a lot of places are switching their workers to less than 30 hours because if an employee works more than 30 hours, the employer must offer health benefits. My meds cost over $300 a month with COBRA. I can't go much longer without insurance, or a job. I'm going crazy, I just don't know where to go from here...
You completed nursing school and passed NCLEX, your a nurse. Of course you can do this. Tune out the dooms day people. If youcan leave the area, go elsewhere. If not, look into sub acute care (nursing homes) or dialysis. They many not be your dream job, but it
will help you get experience, confidence and perhaps be your stepping stone to another opportunity. Be careful about down playing any experience you may have. Some people can work at a plasma center and say, they were saving lives. Look at your old job description and the responsibilities you had and make sure your resume includes them. Getting fired or let go can really hurt the ego, but I believe most people have been fired at least once. Perseverance is the only option.
Last edit by Marisette on Sep 3, '13
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