Quote from SixFtNurse2b
i thought it was just me, everytime i look on the hospitals websites they want lpn II's and they want one years med-surg exp. it's very discouraging when i cant get into the branch of nursing that i want, i feel as if i'm being forced to do otherwise. how do i get around it?
*sigh* I'm in a similar situation.
Due to another job I had, I waited more than a year after graduating from nursing school to get a nursing job.
The hospitals around here hire LPNs, but they only want those with at least a year of hospital experience, or new grads that qualify for their "extern" program. Because I waited so long to get a job as a nurse, I don't qualify for these programs, and the only hospital experience I have is through my clinicals.
I now have a job on the weekends (two 12-hour shifts) at a nursing home. The hospital nearest to me does occasionally get temporary help from one (and only one) of the nursing agencies. This agency only hires people after setting up an interview, screening process, and orientation. The next orientation is in March, and I will be applying at this agency so I can (hopefully) get some hospital experience.
The agency is located in Atlanta Georgia, only about 25 miles from where I live now, but I am new to this area and traffic into Atlanta is horrendous. Hopefully, though, I will not get lost on the way there, get through the hiring process, and get some hospital work and much needed "experience".
My sister is in the nursing field and I got my nursing home job through "connections" of hers. I know classmates who had no hospital experience but got jobs at hospitals through "connections". Unfortunately, I have no hospital "connections" (It's a fact that a lot of the time it's not only "what" you know, but "who" you know when it comes to landing a good job.)
I am a firm believer that once you get your foot in the door somewhere and make a good impression, you have a good chance of being hired directly. Working through an agency can allow you to meet people at different facilities and procure flesh-and-blood "connections" as well as hone your nursing talents.
This site has been a great source of comfort and advice.
Good luck to all!