Good morning all - I am new here but I did start browsing this site back when I was taking boards in Feb. I graduated from LPN school in December, passed boards in Feb. (in TN) and relocated to NC in March. Found out (because this is all new to me) that I needed to be endorsed in NC, so now I have been endorsed here, as of yesterday, 4 weeks.
I moved back here after being gone for almost 6 years mostly because of all the hospitals/health care field options I thought there were. I have applied at home health (Bayada, PSA, etc.), employment agencies (Interium, etc.) hospitals (Wake Med does not hire LPN's; Rex occasionally hires no experience LPN's and Duke Raleigh does hire them), LOTS of nursing homes and doctors offices (although those are usually under the umbrella of the hospitals that I have applied to) - I have used the News and Observer job search engine, Indeed.com, career builder.com, etc. I have talked to people face to face, nurse recruiters at the hospitals and one job fair, heard back from tons - and all of them are telling me that I need 1 year of experience and to contact them after I have that. I have asked them as tactfully as I can how I get that one year experience and each one offers a different answer - if its a nursing home, I hear - hospitals - I have said I will work any shift, any time, any day, even PRN just to get my foot in the door - and they want someone with experience who can jump in and they dont have to train.
I have asked about my resume and cover letter - I am told it looks good - I have gotten call backs - I have excellent references from my nursing instructors, the director of nursing and previous managers I have worked with. I am frustrated and disheartened. Is this happening to anyone else? I know maybe I should be more patient - but I am really wanting to get out there and have a job and be a nurse - I feel like my faith brought me to this point and now I am not able to find anything.
Would it be a good idea to try to become a Nurses Aide? I have been told that I would just have to pay 105 dollars to take the test since I already have the LPN license. There are lots of jobs with that - but would it be worthwhile to do that so I can get my foot in the door somewhere? Or do they only hire experienced CNA's/Nurse's Aides too? Anytime I get the chance to talk to someone face to face I try to get as much information as possible from them in a tactful way because this is so new to me - I have never had this much difficulty finding a job and I have been in health care (Medical transcription/Administrative Assistant) for the majority of my career - Is it me? I am starting to think it is because I keep getting rejected - but my Nursing Director is fairly forth coming and she has even been shocked that I havent been able to find a job - She said "If I had someone coming to my facility face to face instead of having to dig thru all those applications I would make the time to talk to them and see it as an assertive/motivated individual". Any ideas? Thanks for your time! xoxo