I'm not a new nurse, I graduated as an LPN in '10. I kind of feel like I'm not a nurse at all, because I've never worked as one. My parents own their own business and told me to come to work for them until I passed boards and got a job. It definitely helped me out financially, and at the time I thought it would give me the chance to look for the job I wanted as opposed to having to take the first thing that came my way for financial reasons. Shortly after I passed boards and before I found a job, my stepdad was diagnosed with colon cancer and asked if I'd stay and take care of the business until he was well enough to do so. Of course I did, in my mind it was never an option to not
stay. My parents have done so much for me. He was finally well enough to resume control at the end of September of '11. I applied for tons of jobs and only got one callback. Kind of disheartening. I was advised that many employers would not even consider hiring me because I'd been out of school for over a year but had never worked in my field. During the course of working for the family business I started back to school to complete the core I needed in order to eventually bridge to RN. My (wonderful!) fiance told me not to worry about a job, he would financially support my children and I so I can go to school full time. I feel so blessed to have the help and support that I have, but I also feel like a bum at this point. I understand where the other people are coming from when they talk about how upsetting it is to fill out all these apps and not have employers show any interest. It kind of makes you feel like an outcast. However, I'm staying positive about the course I'm on right now. It will be next year before I can begin the bridge program, and it's possible that a fellow grad of my LPN class and an old friend from high school will be starting at the same time I do. That's pretty reassuring. I've read posts on allnurses in the past and finally decided to join. I'm living vicariously through the experiences of the other nurses on the boards right now. I have to say that just in the past 24 hours I feel more like a nurse than I have at any time since I graduated. I appreciate everyone who posts on the site. Thank you guys so much!