Having almost completed my first semester of nursing school
I have to say I'm immensely frustrated with how hard it has been to find a job. Here I am, a good student with several years of health care experience (both in rehabilitation and now starting into acute care). I have good references and people skills and its -really- unlikely I'm not going to pass my Fundamentals of Nursing class with anything less than a B yet I can't get a job.
Why? Because wherever I look the applicantions ask for CNA licensure and prefer to have it already posted on the state BON...and I'm not done with my class requirements just yet. I have my picture and my fingerprints ready, I'm just lacking the signature of my instructor thus I'm SOL. Not to mention the schools
require transcripts from nursing school and since I haven't finished the semester just yet (we have two weeks) I can't get that either.
This is so unfair! The nursing students who enter in the fall semester get both Fundamentals and Adult Health under their belt before the summer time and so they get all the jobs where spring applicants like me are left out in the dark. Is it a problem to want a job over the summer and get even more experience under my belt before I become an RN?
Has anyone else had this problem and managed to get a position this late in the summer? I'd love to get into a Patient Care Tech program or something where I can continue to learn (one in particular I'm looking at starts IV training). I'd also like to have that position in the fall where I can work PRN or perhaps 8 hours a week to keep my skills up. So far though from my spring break to now I've been out of luck.
(Note: This is a rant and while every nursing student who has started a program in the fall isn't out to get me at this point I'm rather ticked. You were warned with the title)