Quote from ohcomeon
Congratulations to you Wezzie, but you are in the minority of new grads.
Thanks for the congrats.. but stay positive.. seriously.. my class of 48 has done really well. I think about 1/2 had jobs before graduation even, several worked as CNA's, PCA's, etc.. but many didn't. If you're truly passionate about nursing, positive, flexible, and willing to do anything and go anywhere to get started, I promise you'll find a job.
I'm not saying it's going to be easy, because it isn't. But then again, nothing worthwhile ever is. I worked my tail off applying and looking for jobs for 2 months. I filled out over 100 applications. It was a full time job looking for a job. Quite depressing getting rejection after rejection, or worse, ignored, but, I just kept thinking, their loss, and I only need 1 job, not 100+.
I'm not sure if you work as a CNA or PCA now or anything, but if there was one thing I could do differently, I would have done that in the summers rather than work as a laborer for a landscape supply company. It's no guarantee, but it seems to help.
One thing that will always stick with me.. It was my last semester in leadership last spring and we had a guest speaker from the hospital I just got hired at, the CNO as a matter of fact. It was known by our class that the hospital was not going to open their new grad residency to external applicants this year as this was the CNO from the hospital my class did the vast majority of our rotations at.. and a classmate asked her, "why wont the hospital hire grads this year who haven't worked there as CNA's?" .. and she said it in a tone that wasn't the greatest..
The CNO said, "Our census is down and we haven't had our graduate residency program open for 2 years, our goal is to not lay anyone off. Naturally, we will look at people we've had a prior relationship with and give them priority in hiring for open positions". Then she said.. "we hire based on attitude".. and intuitively I knew she was basically saying to her, "we don't owe you a job ya little snot".. lol..
Well, I never worked there, or anywhere in healthcare in any capacity, but, I am passionate about nursing, positive, flexible, and was willing to do anything and go anywhere to get started, and I got a job there as a new grad and will get the support of their residency program.
I'm soooooo excited to start!!!!
So ohcomeon.. enjoy the rest of school.. and just make sure you're in the minority..