I was wondering if you could give me some advice/info about how realistic it is that I will find a job after i graduate. I am graduating in 2013. I am flying through school, and I love it. My goal is to eventually be a nurse practitioner. I am really putting my all into it, getting better grades than I ever have before, and I know that this is what I want to do. I was very hopeful about it until the other day when i ran into another nurse. I work in a restaurant part time, and when I went over to the table, this woman was giving some long winded speech to her friend about how cells recover from something or another. Her friend looked at me and said, "thats nurse speak". I smiled and told them how I was currently enrolled in nursing school, and how being a nurse was a dream of mine, one that I was not to far from obtaining. The woman who was a nurse turned around to look at me and LAUGHED in my face. She then proceeded to say "good luck". I was so shocked that I didnt even know what to do or say. A few minutes later she started telling me that the market is flooded and that I will never be able to find a job. That if i was graduating in the next few months that I would be ok, but by 2013 it will be impossible to find a job. She also said that its partly because nurses are not retiring as soon as before. I thought at first maybe she was so negative about it because she couldnt find a job herself, but she said she had a job working for the state and she was lucky because of it.
Is this how nurses act? I was so disgusted by her arrogance and negative attitude that it made me question if this is the field I want to work in. I feel that if I were a nurse and I came across a younger person who was a student of the profession that I loved so much, I would be very nice and supportive. I would never be obnoxious and laugh in someones face. Thats just me though, I am a very nice person. I have a friend that is a nurse practitioner and she tells me that once I get my masters I will get a job ASAP. I havnt asked her about the BSN or ADN. Another customer came in and over heard me telling the story about the "rude nurse" to a friend and he told me he was a surgeon at a hospital and that I shouldnt worry about finding a job, that I will get hired.
I guess my question is, is this true? Am I just wasting my time doing this? My plan is to try and get a job as a PCA as soon as I can, so that I will at least get my foot in the door of a hospital. I was hoping that once I did that for awhile, I would be able to get a job as a nurse easier once I graduate. Is that a good plan, or does it matter? Then I could work and finish my degree. After I get my ADN, there is a different school here that offers a fast track RN to MSN degree. I am a long ways off from being a nurse practitioner, and I know that the higher my education level, the easier it will be to get a job. For right now though, will it be impossible to get a job as a RN with just my ADN or BSN? New grads: did you have a hard time getting hired and which degree do you have? To the people who have been in this industry for years: have you noticed that the standards have changed? What are your employers looking for? Thanks a lot everyone