Hey everyone! I'm so upset, I feel like such a failure. I had my first RN interview today and I'm pretty sure I'm not going to get the job. I'm almost done with nursing school (I graduate May 4). I haven't taken my NCLEX, I don't have my ACLS or PALS. I've got quite a bit of nursing assistant / unit clerk / monitor tech experience. I've been a unit clerk for 4.5 years, a nursing assistant for 2.5 years and a monitor tech for 1.5 years. In my interview, she compared me to someone who would be likely to get a job from her: a nursing assistant that has been working in ICU (I only worked in step down ICU and telemetry), did her preceptorship in ICU (I am doing a CAPSTONE on med/surg), and has passed her NCLEX. I don't know why she even wanted to interview me. I made it very obvious in my resume AND the email I sent to her that I had not taken my NCLEX and would not be taking it until May 2013 (hopefully). I was interviewing for a post-procedure care unit. It is a step down ICU right now but will be an ICU soon.
I just can't help thinking that I'm such a failure. I don't know why I feel like that seeing as I haven't even graduated freaking nursing school yet. Should I keep applying for jobs and taking interviews or should I wait until I graduate nursing school and take my NCLEX? I did learn a little bit about the types of questions they are going to ask me so that is one positive out of this whole interview. I was nervous and I'm not sure that I answered the questions with the best answers... but for the most part I did.
Grrr! I think I just really hate feeling vulnerable! Transitions always make me feel vulnerable.