I know the job market is tough right now, what are you all doing to cope with it? Right now I'm working 50 hours a week at a low wage job that I absolutely hate, and I often have to go to the bathroom because I break into tears spontaneously.
I sooo regret not going straight to RN. My plan was to do LVN to RN to BSN, so that I could work a decent paying job while attending school. HA!
I was always a top student throughout school and got 1490 on my SATs, but family and financial issues caused me to stop going to college after one year. After that I worked full time, got married, had a kid. Then at 25 after a turn of events I was a divorced single mom with very little financial support from my ex, and was laid off from a marketing company, so I decided I just had to go to school finally no matter what, and nursing had been my goal for a few years by then.
I went to one of the public programs that is very low cost but only picks the top scoring students. I passed every class with flying colors, was the first in my class to take the NCLEX, passed, and then got my IV Cert and ACLS, and took a certificate course on Spanish for medical professionals, to try and be competitive on the job market.
My background is in sales/marketing, I also have taught yoga classes to kids and adults, so I highlighted my management and teaching skills on my resume.
After 6 months and over 280 applications, either going in person, to job fairs, or online-NOTHING!!
I have only even had two interviews, one of which was for a sketchy position that was not really above board, and the other turned out to be a mistake, they needed someone to give IV meds but they had mistakenly put out an ad for LVNs with IV Cert. (out of the scope of practice in my state)
I am now so stressed and still too financially crippled to seriously jump into continuing my education. I'm taking a couple of general ed courses online now through my local community college. I feel like, if I knew it was going to be like this, it would have been worth it to just find a way to push right through RN school. I would be just as broke and stressed as I am now, but closer to a higher credential. I know that RNs are also having trouble finding that first job, but the higher up you go with the education, the smaller the pool gets, so they may have to hire new grad RNs and BSNs even when they don't want to. Not the case for LVN- it is truly saturated!
I had been turned away from even filling out an app- some places just ask right away if you have experience, and when I give a little shpeil about my leadership and teaching in other fields, they cut me off and tell me sorry, must have one year experience, and don't even let me fill out their application. I have also received response e-mails stating that I must be an idiot if I did not read the job ad stating NO NEW GRADS. I have tried networking with my friends from school but to no avail. My friends who are working now either were CNAs or MAs prior to LVN school, so they were able to either move up at their current workplace, or count that as experience. When I go in to apply, I have even been introduced to the DON by my LVN classmate, and still the first question out of their mouth is "How long have you been WORKING as an LVN?" And then no response, and upon calling back I was told that when they are ready to hire they will review ALL applications and call all QUALIFIED applicants.
I have been volunteering for a hospice agency in the meantime (in my "spare" time when I'm not working or parenting) LOL. But I am told by potential employers that only PAID experience counts.
I am getting to the end of my emotional rope! What should I do????