Everything is down hill - page 2

by Bigmaine33

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It's been 7 months and I still can't finds job. I just got an eviction notice have to be out by Monday and I have nowhere to go. I completely fell like a failure and I let everyone down. I recently got hired at Burger King part... Read More


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    I'm in Houston, and no, it's not exactly easy to get a job here as a new grad, especially when it isn't around the time for residencies. If you're like one of my parents, with 20+ years of nursing under your belt, it's easier to find a job. There's need outside of Houston, like in the surrounding areas, but a lot of people don't want to stay. My parents think I'm crazy for moving to another state, but I already know I can't compete with some of my classmates and the other nursing graduates (my GPA barely meets the minimum requirements for some of the hospitals).
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    Quote from Bigmaine33
    It's been 7 months and I still can't finds job. I just got an eviction notice have to be out by Monday and I have nowhere to go. I completely fell like a failure and I let everyone down. I recently got hired at Burger King part time it not enough to catch up on my rent. don't no where to go from here lost and very hurt right now. All the jobs I see posted and I can't land one because I don't have 1 years experience. Ive been praying doing everything i can. i feel like the 16 months i spent in nursing school was for nothing,needed to vent.

    Wow. OK, not all home care agencies will hire without experience, but some will. Find a telemetry or EKG monitoring program, and get a job as a tele tech in the mean time, if you can. Take a med or CNA job if you have to until you can find something better. They pay better that BK. Also, try psych tech or mental health tech at rehab places or places with psych units. Can you relocate? Did you attempt to collect any unemployment?
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    I'm sorry to hear about your very terrible situation! I hope you can already find a job soon! The market is really tough,particularly for the new grads, but just still think of something positive
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    I would make copies of my resume and go to every nursing home, skilled care, home health, hospice, urgent care facility that I could go to and give your resume in hand to HR. Call travel companies, talk to a recruiter, and see if you could get a job through them. Get a recommendation from your clinical instructor, perhaps a nurse you worked with in clinicals. If you can get a Pell grant, use it for certifications, (IV, phelbotomy, EKG, wound care certified). You may have to end up going back to live with your parents, your sister, your cousin....rent a room. I would even do a side track and if you can get financial aid, take an EMT course. By doing that, you can at some fire departments be a call EMT. That will get you some experience, and the ability to then apply for ER tech positons in emergency rooms as well. Then perhaps you can then work for an ambulance company for a little more money and be able to get back on your feet. The EMS system is a bit easier to get into, widens your choices, and then you could either go back for an RN or continue the EMS track to Paramedic. Good luck to you!!
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    You might try to look for jobs outside of your community. It may be helpful to also seek the advice of nursing agency if you are a bit desperate but you also have to be careful in dealing with them because there might be unscrupulous ones out there.
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    I am really sorry. I hope something changes soon for you.
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    There's no tech /cna jobs? what about taking a phlebotomy course and working at a blood draw station-pays around tech pay, and will be an excellent skill to have for when you do get a nursing job?

    Any friends you could temporarily room with?
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    Quote from heuC
    I live in California and I have not been able to find a LVN job as well.
    California is a particularly difficult place to launch a nursing career, and is even very competitive in finding positions for experienced nurses.

    Very few places hire LVNs these days so I'd hustle into a bridge program ASAP.

    I'm having the worst luck ever. They want that one year experience, too. But what they don't understand is that how are we to get that experience if no one is willing to give us a chance right?
    No, not right. They do understand the situation perfectly; they simply have no incentive (and often few resources) to rectify it. Most organizations can find as many well-qualified new grads as they could possibly want, in no time at all.

    The problem isn't the new grad, it's simple employment economics.

    The most desirable employers (the ones that pay well, have bennies, and are in/near desirable locations) are simply inundated with new-grad applications... hundreds or even thousands for every posting.

    To anybody looking for that first job: network and look very far afield. My 'break' required a 200-mile (one way) commute and being out of town away from my family several days per week, to work for 60% of the typical new-grad wages with few benefits. I spent more than a few nights sleeping in my car and eating canned food.

    It sucked but ultimately (3 years out) served as a stepping stone to a good gig.
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    ("To anybody looking for that first job: network and look very far afield. My 'break' required a 200-mile (one way) commute and being out of town away from my family several days per week, to work for 60% of the typical new-grad wages with few benefits. I spent more than a few nights sleeping in my car and eating canned food.It sucked but ultimately (3 years out) served as a stepping stone to a good gig.") Just curious.....did you sleep with Smith & Weston? That sounds so dangerous. I would be scared outta my wits to do that even in a hospital parking deck marked EMPLOYEES ONLY.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    I'm so sorry for what you're currently going through.

    Based on your recent posts, I can determine you're in the NYC metro area, which is one of the toughest job markets in the country for new nurses with no experience or connections. Is there any possible way you can commute further out in the tri-state area to find work, perhaps to Connecticut or northern NJ?

    I know that relocating to central NY or upstate is probably not an option right now because you'd need to come up with the first and last month's rent plus a deposit fee.
    Nah, that is advice to North NJ is no good. I'm from that area and it's bad here too. Like the first responder said, please relocate. I'm from north jersey and had to move all to Texas just to get job. I know how you feel, but you have nothing to loose by relocating. You have to get out of the area. Praying for you.


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