Everything is down hill - page 2
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... Read More
Feb 6, '13I 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!!
Feb 6, '13You 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.
Feb 6, '13There'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?
Feb 6, '13Quote from heuCCalifornia is a particularly difficult place to launch a nursing career, and is even very competitive in finding positions for experienced nurses.I live in California and I have not been able to find a LVN job as well.
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?
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.
Feb 6, '13("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.
Feb 6, '13Quote from TheCommuterNah, 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.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.
Feb 6, '13Quote from LYNDAAActually, at times, I have. For the most part, though, I didn't.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.
Being a guy did, I think, make it less risky than for a gal.
Once I became a day-sleeper, it wasn't so scary, and I ultimately found a reliable place to stay (in a room, that is) though I often had to stop to sleep on my long drive home.
I generally felt more threatened working nights in a rural ER with very few staff around and scant law enforcement nearby.
Feb 6, '13Definitely know how you feel, you just got to hang in there...i live here in nyc and the job market sucks. You cant get a job without experience or without connections....
Feb 6, '13Yipe. I'm down in central FL, and every single one of my classmates had multiple job offers immediately after the nclex scores came through (home health, hospice and LTC, no hospitals though). Have you looked into home health? Down here, you don't even have to get "hired" in, just show up with your license and a clean bill of health, and they set up orientation.
Feb 6, '13I guess it's tough ALL around.
I know someone who is a new Phleb and she cannot get hired for nothin. She has office experience eg front desk too. Everybody wants a few years experience required no matter what it is you do now. So, doubt they'd want an RN in that role - it's a "scope" thing. Sure is limiting, nobody in healthcare wants an RN in lesser roles at all these days. Sure your BON might say it's OK, but try to find somebody who will consider you.
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Feb 6, '13Quote from netglowNope, but would've gone there had that been what it took.
That's my point, though... there are small, rural hospitals that have a very hard time attracting and/or retaining nurses... from what I've seen, these places are more willing to give new grads a look since they have a hard time hiring the experienced nurses and they're accustomed to the revolving door.