Okay, so I'll try to keep this short. I graduated with an undergraduate degree in Sociology (I wanted to be a counselor) but I didn't really like where I felt like my life opportunities were heading... so I dropped the idea of pursuing a higher degree. Then, I found myself in academic limbo. I really REALLY want to help young women and women so I decided that nursing would give me the opportunity to do that, as well as help people in many various other ways too.
Right now, I'm taking a few nursing pre-req classes and plan to apply to two different RN programs in my state next February. But! I'm scared of a couple of things.
1. A lot of people on the forum talk about how there are no jobs for new nurses out there. I don't really want to pay all this money for school and then be unemployed. How bad is it out there?
2. I work a night job right now as a Youth Care Worker at a residential mental health center and I have to say I really, really hate nights!! Do all nurses have to work nights?
I could do it during school, but I really don't know about for a much more extended period of time.
Now, I really believe I would make a good nurse. A great one, even, but those two things scare me have to death and keep me up all day!
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I graduated about 3 years ago and had no trouble finding a job right after graduation. In fact, a lot of my classmates were already hired by the time they graduated. I had several different opportunities and chose one that fit best with my life and what I wanted to do.
I started out working nights, but my supervisors knew I wanted to go to day shift. I kept my eye out for job postings in my hospital that had day shift available, and I actually transferred to day shift after working ~4 months on night shift. Several nurses that were hired after me at this particular location (that were new grads also) didn't have to work night shift at all.
I haven't read posts about how there are no jobs for new nurses, and I see ads in the newspaper frequently for nurses in all sorts of fields. Considering the nursing shortage that the entire world has, I wouldn't be too concerned about being employed.
Good luck to you, and welcome to nursing if you decide to continue pursuing this profession!
Well trust me there are 100 and one nurses who are desperate for any job.
Most nurses starts on nights,and it is a wise thing to do in nursing.Everyone has to start "low",start at the bottom, and then build their way up,sorta like a baptism by fire.
I dont know what to tell you OP,if you love nursing go for it if you dont love it then do yourself a favor and save yourself from all this frustration of not being able to land a job.
I could sweet talk you for almost all night,but that would be way to far from the truth.
It is hard to get a nursing job now,period.
Nursing is a hard and stressful job.You barely feel appreciated by families.Your bosses only care about surveys,documentation.There are good days sometimes as well but those are far and between...
Ps.And this comes from a new nurse who couldnt find a job for many months ,was eaten by more experienced workers,and who works her butt off for an experience sake(doing my time in) and feel arleady burn out,unappreciated and tired about nursing politics.
Last edit by Blackheartednurse on Aug 26, '10