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- Jun 8, '09 by nurse901Thankyou so much for writing this. That is def. what I needed to read right now. I am sitting here after recieving another bunch of rejection letters. Where does it stop?? I have been applying since February and have not had any job leads. As I know there are hundreds of applicants to all the same positions that I am applying to so obviously it is extremely competitive. I def want to work in a hospital but it is coming more apparent that I may not be able to start there. I will continue to look but after awhile I will start looking elsewhere. Thanks again for this encouragment. It really helped.
- Jun 8, '09 by coconutcrazycluckwell i am proof positive that it does end... you just may not end up where you thought. i applied for tons of positions at all the local hospitals within a 70 mile radius and had little response. i did get numerous offers for ltac and nursing homes, then an offer from acute psych hospital. i struggled with the decision all in hopes of a hospital offer coming before i had to make the dreaded decision between the above three. today is my first day off in over a week, i have completed orientation, crisis intervention, and a month working solo at the acute psych hospital, and although i never could have imagined working in psych, especially right out of school... i enjoy the "craziness" (so not pc i know :scrm of it. there is never a dull moment, and i use my medical training and skills much more than i could have ever anticipated. i have actually pulled a few charge nurse shifts... so it can be done, you can find a job, and get your career started off; perhaps on a different track than anticipated but not much in my life has gone as hoped or planned, so why should this be different. good luck to all of us new grads.. before we know it our first year will be up. chins up!
- Jun 11, '09 by kkluczynskiwell ive been working as a nurse now for a little over a year as an lpn. my job search after graduating was very similiar to alot of other posts. it took a month of applying to everywhere in the area hospitials and LTC included, when finally I got the call for an interview, i was so nervous i could feel my heart beating in my ears! well i got the job in LTC and i currently still work there. I got my own hall which after a year the routine gets very old, i got offered a position on a skilled unit in the same facility. I thought about it for a few days and took it. Its so much different that working on the same hall everyday, i get 2-3 admissions a night, doing my assessments on the others, vitals and trying to get a hold of doctors etc... its kinda crazy i must say. Im enjoying it because of all the new experiences soo much more i get to do and learn everyday its exciting. I guess for the new grads just get in there anyway you can, get some experience then move on. Trust me LTC was not my dream job straight out of school, but without it i wouldn't have the experience i have now and its help me become more comfortable with my skills and capability as a nurse. my first few months on the job i felt lost without my fellow student nurses and my instructor. but im doing well now. Don't worry theres hope, it'll all work out. good luck
- Jun 11, '09 by Brainiac7My experience may or may not be helpful, but here it is.
I went to one open house, impressed the manager with my good looks, strong back, intelligence, wit and charm.
Was hired on the spot.
The point of my story is that sending in a resume is only one part of the process and is, from what I believe, simply a formality. If you only send in a resume, chances are poor you will get any response. It's important to show your face and stand out from the crowd, and if you project the qualities that particular recruiter is looking for, you can continue along in the process of becoming hired.
I came to the open house dressed semi-formal, but did a few things to stand out. If you can pull it off, do something that shows your personality, wear something unique that might start a conversation, tell a joke, do something to lighten the mood for yourself. Go in there with the attitude that you have nothing to lose so you can be free to let your personality show. Don't be intimidated!
After the weeding out process, you have to make an impression that sticks in the mind of those that are making the decision. It's up to you to figure out how to make that good impression, but that is the key, in my experience.
- Jun 12, '09 by bbache2I just graduated this past May and I was having a really hard time finding a job in the Chicago area. I wanted to work at Rush in Chicago but I also applied to Rush Oak Park (www.roph.org). I was offered a job this week in the ICU, and I know they are in need of med/surg staff RNs. They are hiring new grads as well!
Best of luck in the job search
- Jun 12, '09 by PMRNMSI so needed to read this! I am 42, new grad with 12wks exp in a post surg ( THE DUMPING FLOOR) My then, supervisor, says " Your pts love you, you take good care of your pts, but I can't wait any longer""I need you to resign""You probably should try a nursing home""Give me a hug, and have a GREAT Weekend!"
After the tears, I was offered a job at LTC. It is a very laid back environment;complete opposite the structured hospital setting, however, I am orienting. I like to keep busy, learn, ask, and apply everything and anything that comes my way, but have noticed I don't have the sense of being a nurse, know what I mean? more like a worker. When does one start having the sense of being a nurse?
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- Jun 14, '09 by jhayarnThank you so much for the insights and experiences provided .I'm quite relieved to know that it does take a lot of courage and boldness to be able to make it in the nursing field.I've just moved here in the US from the Philippines 2 months ago and am still waiting for my work permit to be approved.I'm getting the hang of living here but the idea of me not having a work experience has taken me aback and make me think twice if i can land my dream job.I graduated march '07 and passed my NCLEX march '08 but due to the enormous number of nurses in the Philippines I only manage to get my BLS and a 2 month training from a government hospital.Given my standing,how will i fare in landing a nursing job here in the US?Tanx!
- Jun 15, '09 by ionatanhere in northeast ohio, it seems that most hospital position openings are for rns. i just graduated from lpn school and i'm going to try and get into medsurg, but i'm not sure if it will happen. ltc facilities are where lpns flock to more often than not, at least around here. i just want to gain good nursing experience, and i'm not sure that will happen in a nursing home. i've heard many people say that medsurg is the way to go for a new nurse. however, i do enjoy many aspects of ltc and i am very comfortable with it.
- Jun 16, '09 by rostataUpon reading this site, it looks like most of the job available in LTC. I'm currently in school, and I'm hoping I will be able to finish in 2011. I don't know what future hold, but I hope it will be better by then.
- Jun 17, '09 by Meceneto all the people that are out there looking for a new job or looking for a better job, keep in mind when you are looking for a new position your ultimate career plan. sometimes we are in such a hurry to find a job that we resign to take anything and later feel stuck and unable to get to your dream job. remember nursing is more than a job, approach it as your career, care for it and take responsibility to your own growth. if you approach nursing as a job, you will see it only as a method of paying the bills, or the shortest path to retirement. your nursing career is more than a job, make it your calling and your purpose.