Experienced RN - can't find job, any advice

  1. Hey all,

    I live in Boston and have 4+ years of experience in a Boston hospital. My background is surgical/tele/step-down. I was very unhappy at my previous job - I felt stuck and bored and everyday was just putting out fires and running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I looked for other jobs in Boston with no luck and finally took a local travel assignment - which was great. Now that is over and I need a job badly. I've been applying for months but I don't even get any calls back. I have ACLS, BLS, and IV skills. I'm currently in enrolled in a BSN program as well. Sometimes I think it's the fact I don't have a BSN, but I thought being enrolled in a program was also acceptable? Does anyone have any advice? I don't want to do home care or work at a long term facility. Am I doing something wrong?
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  3. by   watersamy
    Try the rehab hospitals. Spaulding has multiple locations as well as the New England Rehab. Hosp. You may have better luck there.
  4. by   KelRN215
    Do you live in the city or would you be willing to look outside city limits? I think the community hospitals are more open to ADNs... I worked at Milford Hospital when I was in school as an aide and almost none of the nurses had their BSN.
  5. by   BlkDog
    I guess I was just under the impression that being enrolled in a BSN was acceptable. Also, I have what I think is great experience in a downtown hospital - I don't really want to have to go to a small community hospital (not like there is ANYTHING wrong with community hospitals). With the economy I thought the fact that I have 4+ years of experience at a city medical center would trump the fact that I'm not done with my BSN. I know new grads are having a miserable time and I don't feel like I'm having much more luck. I'm just so discouraged.
  6. by   Burn-Unit-RN
    My best advice is to just not give up. Even if a job posting says BSN required, apply anyway. Your 4 years of med/surg/tele experience are VERY valuable, and hospitals who have a immediate position to fill would rather you over a new grad BSN. I would recommend trying BIDMC or Tufts, I know they still take some ADNs. MGH just opened a short stay unit (similar to an ED obs. unit) and that is currently hiring RNs. Someone mentioned spaulding--- do look into there. I have seen recent postings there. Good luck!!
  7. by   jrwinney
    Boston hospitals are known for not hiring RNs without the BSN. I agree, try outside of the city!
  8. by   MBrickle
    Honestly, I know this is an old post, but really none of the magnet hospitals are hiring non-BSN nurses. It's a hard and fast rule. The fact that you have experience doesn't help much as they can hire a new grad with a BSN, pay them crap and save money.