LPN NEWBIE here!
I graduated in Aug. 2010. Took the NCLEX at the end of Oct. 2010. Passed, first time. I had been searching every outlet to land my first LPN position and it took a very long time. I started working for an org. in Feb. and with very minimal training, orientation, or shadowing, I was thrown into the field. Then with very minimal support or direction from mgmt. or the nursing supervisor I was left to 'sink or swim'! I thought I was swimming fairly well, with the RN's and pt's apparantly happy with my work, but for the org. NOTHING I did seemed to be right and after only 2 mos. into my probation period it was mutually agreed that I be LET GO. They were not willing to accomodate my needs.
So now I am back in the job searching pool again and have found it next to impossible to even get my foot in the door. I have filled out many applications and sent out my resume to almost every place I know of and NOTHING! Not one BITE!
I'd like to FIX what might be 'wrong' but how can I when I don't know what it is!?!
Is it my resume?!
Is it my cover letter?!
Is it my lack of previous medical experience because of my career change?!
Is it my age?!
Is it just the economic times and today's job market?!
Is it that I'm competing against others with experience and not even being considered b/c of that?!
Is it a combination of any of these?!
I know I'm a good nurse.
And with the right opportunity I know I can further develop my knowledge and skills and grow as a professional nurse.
All I need is that first employer to give me a chance to show them what I've got and SHINE! :redpinkhe
I'm trying NOT to get discouraged but ..........