PacoUSA, BSN, RN 35,667 Views
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In an accelerated program, working full time is virtually impossible. As it is, it was hard with a part-time job of only 8 hours/week! But thank God, this is almost over!!
Good for you! I totally agree with your suggestions. Times have changed, and being a little more aggressive in networking is what will prevent you from being a new-grad-with-no-job-after-graduation statistic. I don't care who you are, if you haven't landed a job even after networking, you have either given up or you're doing something wrong. Aggressive does not mean rude or abrupt -- it means being charming and standing out, and that does not mean kiss-ass either. You need to be the kind of person that they want to work with, and show it.
I was a little softer-spoken than you perhaps, but I managed to meet the right people and that ultimately led me to interview and land my first job (I was called and offered the position literally an hour after I graduated). I noticed some of my fellow classmates were trying to be aggressive during clinicals, jumping at the chance at being the one to get all the good opportunities to learn and observe skills, pushing everyone else aside so that they can be noticed. There is no need to do that, you just need to be good at what you do. I was one of those pushed aside by some of these people .. and here I am with a job and those that pushed me are still searching. Don't want to call it "karma" but it's a good example of what NOT to do.
I hope many on here take your advice and proactively use it. Sitting on one's ass sending resumes out into the black hole known as cyberspace without meeting a breathing soul does not produce the same results as literally pounding the pavement.
I am glad I found this thread. I am starting on a med/tele floor next week (going through nursing orientation right now) and am considering going to the ICU after a couple of years of experience on med/tele ... probably at a different hospital from where I am now (as I would like to relocate later). Interested to see how relevant my experience would be for the new role in critical care.
If 50 is the new 30, I guess that makes 60 the new 40?
I sure hope my age does not work against me, but as the baby boomers age, doesn't it seem that they would prefer to see someone their own age come into their room to care for them, than a 20 something that hasn't been there, done that?
Until reading this thread, I didn't realize there were so many over 60 new grad RNs like myself. It's truly inspiring to read all of these encouraging posts. I started my prereqs at 58, got a place on the waiting list at 59, got my LPN license at 61, got my RN license at 62, and will get my BSN in 2 months at 63. My LPN GPA was 3.0, my RN GPA was 3.4, and my current BSN GPA is 4.0. I was all set to start grad school but have decided to "retire" because I can't get a job in acute care. I was a finalist for an ICU internship at a nearby 658 bed Trauma 1 hospital until I showed up for my interview and they saw I was over 25. In my town, people with the power to hire, don't seem to appreciate smarts and vigor in old folks. For me, the salary is not even the issue--I just want to learn and gain experience so I can move into nursing areas that need more nurses. I've signed up with Red Cross and the Reserve Medical Corp to volunteer but haven't been called in the last 8 months. There is so much age bias out there and unfortunately, I can't make myself younger. Where are these jobs for older nurses that have been mentioned earlier? I'm ready to move there!
Lol I'm curious exactly what you said.
I once had a patient who requested to have her feet rubbed before sleep. I flat out refused. She said other nurses did it (because they didn't have the courage to say no). I still refused. She happened to be one of the nastiest patients to staff I've ever encountered, so nasty that staff had to be rotated every day. The DON even screamed at her once out of frustration. It was my pleasure not giving in to her Waldorf desire, and at that point I couldn't have cared less about Press-Ganey scores!!
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I just attended a BMT continuing ed yesterday and have become very interested in this specialty lately, more than when I previously posted about my friend working on the BMT unit. It sounds so exciting and interesting enough to consider it a new move.
Just thought I'd start a thread about this, because I am probably not the only one out there that feels this way.
So I will be one of those individuals that starts a career in nursing after the age of 40, and I sometimes feel envious of those nurses that are around my age that already have 20 or so years in the profession. So by the time we are 50, they will have @ 30 years while I will only have less than 10. The way I calculate it, I will probably only be able to give 35 years max into the profession, and will be at an age older than most other nurses retire (I don't want to retire at 65, I want to keep going into my 70's). I find myself sometimes wishing I had followed my fleeting instinct to do nursing during my first undergrad years. People try to tell me that I should be proud of the years I spent in another profession (which I am) before I embarked in nursing but the more I spend with nursing, the more I feel regret that I did not start with this profession earlier. I try to resolve my feelings by convincing myself that I can always blend my prior career into nursing (something many people cannot do) and that will give me an edge, which means I will not be delegated to floor nursing for the rest of my working years. I do want to work as a staff nurse for at least 5 years to get the raw experience of nursing, I have no desire even to supervise other nurses right now. Been there with management, done that, and happy to just do my job and make money for now. I think also that in becoming a nurse after 40 not many people will peg you as being a new nurse right away ... but then again, people do say I don't look my age
I just brainstormed the paragraph above so forgive me if it sounds like jibberish .. hopefully you all understood my point. Just want to get new perspectives on this, thanks!
Good luck with your transition to nursing! I moved to Florida about 5 years ago with intentions to enroll at Palmer Chiropractic in Port Orange. Changed my mind after realizing that nursing was a better calling for me. No regrets!
I left Florida to pursue nursing up north. Smart move on my part. Sunshine money means nothing in my world. Now I do travel nursing, and I wont even consider an assignment in Florida.
I currently work in NYC through American Mobile, on my 2nd contract with them on the same unit. I disregard any bad reviews about the agency because my experience has been all positive, and my recruiter has been awesome. I work on a cardiac tele unit where the average ratio is 5:1 ... can be 6:1 if they are short a nurse, but that happens to be rare. The pay is great, much more than my staff salary at another hospital. Cannot complain.
I'm currently on a travel assignment in Florida. This I did against my better judgement and solely to avoid winter weather up north. Nursing in Florida is everything I've heard it to be, and I'm just counting the days until I'm done. And I'm not at an HCA or Tenet facility, so I can imagine how much worse it could be! I just got my next assignment booked at a top-ranked hospital up north and I'm looking forward to high tailing it outta here in about 6 weeks!!
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