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Dust yourself off and try again! If you really want to become a nurse you will find a way. It may not be an easy road and it may not be the way you planned it out. But hey, God laughs while we're making plans! YOU CAN DO IT! Have faith in yourself and turn in apps anywhere and everywhere! Consider private schools. The costs suck but not achieving your dreams sucks worse.
i am a full time agency nurse. Any agency that would hire a new grad is not an agency that i would want to work for! at all, period. this isnt safe either for you the new grad, or the agency, or the patients.
Dearest British "Hoaxed" Nurse (Nurse Saldanha):
As an American Nurse I know our scope may be different, but we are both "nurses" none-the-less. There is more that is in-common, than is different. We both have strengths and weaknesses. We both aim to serve societies ills to the best of our ability, and ease pain and suffering from the lowest of the low, to the top of the elite.
We give nonjudgmental holistic care, and even though we may fuss and whine about our job in private amongst our peers, we love our profession! And, our patients would never be able to guess our bad days because we are also professionals at masking pain, worry, anxiety, and depression as we go through our day.
You know as well as I, there's never enough hours in that day! I'm so sorry your no longer here with us, but you will never be forgotten. Your death was not in-vain. I pledge to pay closer attention to my staff colleagues, and their issues-whether new or current, or something they've been struggling with- and still serve at the bedside, clinic, or even at the Midlevel position.
I am so sorry such a thoughtless act of treachery took you from the world for a "laugh" at the most. I share in the millions mourning your death, and I hold no judgement for you. You, as we're programmed to do, put your self at the bottom of the issue- even as "disposable," as the problem you didn't asked for- seemed bigger than yourself.
I'm so sorry you are gone(taken from your family and "us"), but as long as we arm ourselves with knowledge that our whole life can change in a split moment, and that there are those out there that obviously don't respect the intensity of our pressures: You did not die in vain.
You will ever be present in our heart as a martyr for the truth of the rigors of our profession, and the Nursing Profession feels and mourns your unfair and untimely loss!
We hear in the News you were a trustworthy, dedicated, compassionate, and knowlegable colleage to have. That's the highest praise a Nurse could hope for-You Will be Missed!
In never-ending love,
Your Brothers and Sisters of the International Nursing Profession!
May You Rest in Eternal Peace!!!!!!!
Please add your Condolences or Respects if you wish.
Scottish Rite! Things actually moved really fast for me - phone interview last Monday, interview with the Nurse Manager Thursday, they scheduled me for the PREP test today, which I took and PASSED!!!
I was expecting to meet with my nurse recruiter and have her interview me too (that was after I took the exam) but she didn't question me at all, except to ask "Do you want the job?"
I bet you can guess what my answer was
Esme12, always know the right words to say and how to say them.
She always offers virtual hugs, wisdom, and great advice. Even in the heated threads, when she posts she resets the tone of the thread and everyone seems to simmer down.
When I first started CVICU six months ago I was able to send her a PM of the most silly questions, like how to turn a stopcock(think that is the correct spelling) when checking the CO.
Thank you for your kindness, patience, brainsheets, recommending helpful websites, your work and labor for AN does not go unnoticed.
I just wanted to say that I love her, I appreciate her, and want to be like her when I grow up.
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YES!!!!!!! So last week I was hired by a CCT company as a transport nurse. This job was SUPER part time with few RN runs and mostly on call waiting for them to need you. So part time that I haven't even had a chance for an orientation run yet! BUT I got that job because of my military background. They were asking 2 years experience in ICU, but he said "With military experience I know you wont panic and can handle a situation"...so WOOOOT! Got that job!
Last week I got a call for an L&D job and I TOTALLY flubbed the phone interview! I didn't expect her to ask questions on the phone and when I was asked about my experience I said, "Well, I have 8 years military experience and I have two kids, so I have L&D experience"... :/ really? My husband was sitting right next to me and gave me the oddest look and I was thinking "OMG! Did I just say that?!?!?!?" Then she asked, "Why do you want to work L&D" and I again totally messed up and said "Because its a happy place in the hospital"...WTH??!?!?!? I am NOT that dumb! Anyway, she took a chance and asked for an in person interview and that was this morning! I rocked it that time! LOL! I was so caught off guard over the phone that I was literally dumb founded! Again, during the interview she said that my military experience is what drew her attention on my resume! (I guess those 8 years really did do something to help me!)
I am so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am in the club! FINALLY! LOL!
Those that are still looking? It's out there! Apply to EVERYTHING! I graduated August 23, 2012. I took NCLEX Sept 5, 2012. I got my license number Sept 20, 2012. I got my first job October 2nd 2012 and my second job October 8th 2012; in the time between Sept 20-Oct 2nd I had put in over 300 applications. Just over one month and I am well employed! I am in a VERY large Metro area. The jobs are there! APPLY! Do SOMETHING to stand out. On top of school, I have volunteered at my kids elementary school for nearly 2 years as a nutrition and exercise counselor (I talk about hand washing, covering your mouth, eating right and I play sports with the classes that I teach!), I coached soccer for two years, and I just instituted a first aid team for the local soccer club staffed with volunteers from my school. You just have to find SOMETHING to put on your resume that makes you stick out and be special! Get all the certifications you can.
The jobs are out there! You have to be willing to sweat blood to get them though. You have to be willing to sit there and apply to MANY jobs. Don't think you are qualified? Oh well, apply anyway. What are they gonna do? Tell you no? Who cares! There will be many other applications to follow! You can get the jobs! They are out there! Do NOT limit yourself to new grad positions only. You and 2000 other people are striving for that one spot! I landed a job in one of my top three dream jobs! Its OUT THERE! You can do it! AND they are gonna piggy back me with their new grads too! It's not like I wont get a good orientation and education! It's out there! You can do it!
I was wondering if its normal to apply for licenses by reciprocity before we apply to jobs in other states. The licenses fees add up quick. Do you guys think employers need you to have license in hand for their state?
As far as Texas hospitals, I went to nursing school in Dallas and everyone I graduated with found jobs there. Some suggestions would be Baylor University Hospital NICU, Dallas Childrens Medical Center (i was a cna here in school), Cook Children's in Ft Worth (largest nicu in the country), Presbyterian Nicu, Scott & White is a big teaching hospital north of Austin with a nicu and picu that lots of my peers got jobs at, i know a few girls that got jobs in Waco at Hillcrest Baptist Hospital and Providence...lets see..Parkland would be good, I did L&D there in school and that place is a baby factory! There's Dell Childrens in Austin but I think its pretty competitive. But every hospital I mentioned regularly hires new grads. And pay compared to cost of living in Texas is unbeatable. Good luck!
Great comments! I am also a new graduate, RN-BSN, and will begin to volunteer in a Med-Surg, or ICU unit (no RN job, but on the floor). I had interviewed for a big hospital before, but finally not chosen. Anyway, what I want to add is that the interview for the volunteer position was very, very similar from the one I had when applied for a new graduate RN. This may be an extra advantage since it's like practice to shine in your real interview.
Good luck to everybody!
Volunteering is a good start: it puts something on your resume (though be sure to specify that it is volunteer/unpaid work), does give your experience, lets you get a few new professional references to put on applications, and allows you to network. That's what I did while I was searching for my first job, and it did impress a few interviewers because it showed I was doing something with my skills instead of sitting around waiting.
Just one thing...if you go to volunteer, you're there to VOLUNTEER. Don't go with the sole aim of schmoozing a job. Yes, a job is a good reason to volunteer but shouldn't be your only one. Instead go in and help out cheerfully in any way that you can, even if you're not doing RN stuff. That will go a lot further towards making a good impression and boosting your chances than if you spend all the volunteer time trying to chase down NMs and job leads...after all you don't want to be known as "that one who's only here looking for a job." Because if you can't do what you're asked to as a volunteer, how do they know you'd be capable of doing what you're asked to when you're hired?
Best of luck.
Thank you guys for your advice!
Cowgirl2nurse, I've been applying to practically every hospital I can find in CA. I've been using Indeed, SimplyHired, and the actual websites of the hospitals. That's so great that you've been making great connections! There were RN I/II positions open at the hospital that I did my senior preceptorship and clinical rotations and I made some pretty strong connectsions, but they ended up choosing those with experience (even though the job post stated "less than 6 months experience"!!) which is pretty frustrating.. I'm still going to keep trying and thank you so much for the advice and sharing!
Commonsense, yes! I applied to Parkland hospital just today and I'm hoping there's is some luck there! Do you know of any hospitals specifically that are looking for new grads? I'm not too familiar with Texas so I'm trying to research some hospitals. Thank you for your suggestion!
I'll definitely look into those hospitals. Thank you so much for all your help!!
I'm sensing a lot of negativity in the posts lately and I feel that a little encouragementis needed. Please feel free to post anything uplifting. It can be a personal experience, a quote that gets you through the day, a joke, whatever you feel would help make you and someone else feel better.
The Greatest of These Is Love
Though I articulate the contemporary jargon of nursing,
If I have not understanding that touches the heartbeat of my patients,
I only generate chatter
Though I boast of diplomas, awards and publications, and my skills reflect the wonderment of technology,
If I have not mastered the gift ofcompassion,
My endeavorsare hollow.
Though I impress my colleagues with my intellectual prowess and lofty idealism,
If I offer not the instrument of self,
I serve my patients with mere activity.
Though I devote my very life to the profession of nursing and forfeit personal desires,
If I become cynical, detached and fatigued to the point of indifference,
My energy is expended in futility.
Though I integrate the art and science of nursing, translate research into clinical practice, and achieve professional notoriety,
If I do not notice wounded hearts and broken dreams
My mission is not fulfilled.
I may be competent, dependable,efficient, but if I fail to communicate the language of love,
I practice nursing in vain
Faith, hope and love- these are all craving of the human spirit-but
The greatest of these is love.
hello, I am new to this site as far as posting. I just moved to Oregon from Northern Ca (Humboldt County)..may I ask where you are roughly looking for a job? That might alter my answer to this post. Anyways, nothing is stupid at this point in my opinion. I mean, a job is a job in this community right? At the end of the day, whatever brings home the money. There are so many college students out there who are being forced into a job not using their degree and being forced to pay back their school loans at the same time. Volunteer always looks good. One thing I really learned in a small community, everyone knows everyone which means, you will make connections to other job opportunities when you land a job-regardless of where it is. Sometimes, a person's strong work ethic screams volumes and people talk. I am currently in a nursing program, but I made valuable connections when I applied for a job as a medical assistant in a busy surgical practice, I didnt know anything, they trained me and I learned so much that is being discussed in my program now plus I made huge connections with the hospital so if I ever move back to the area, I learn who to talk to regarding employment. So I hope this helps ease your mind. Hang in there and good luck. It is amazing to me how many new grad nurses are having a hard time finding a job and yet we have a shortage on nurses..go figure.
So its the usual story on here.. I can't find a job. Only about a handful of my graduating class have a job. I'm in Northern California where jobs are so scarce. My dream is to get a Peds position on any unit at all, (I have a minor in Child and Youth Studies, Senior Preceptorship in a Level IIID NICU, volunteer work at crisis nurseries), but at this point I'm willing to settle for almost anything. Any advice?
I'm planning to meet with a pre-natal clinic to be a VOLUNTEER RN next week, but that's about it. I need a job of some sort just to have a little money and I was thinking about applying to a gym to work as a childcare worker.. Is that stupid? I felt like it was kind of like babysitting but for a company at least and I needed something that would add to my resume. Anybody else have any other suggestions for a job that will look good on a resume? I can't work a CNA job since I have my RN and I'm considered "over qualified". Volunteer work suggestions? Other suggestions?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated . I'm so lost at this point in my life and it's been really rough in my personal life as well but I'm still trying to stay strong and never lose hope!
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