I know many recent grads are probably in the same boat as I am, but I'm really struggling with where to go from here. I completed an accelerated BSN program recently. I decided to focus on studies rather than try to get a part time job considering I knew it would be a huge mental change of direction for me. I have an excellent work history and glowing references from nurse preceptors. Trouble is I can't even land an interview to be able to discuss this with a future employer. I've gone to job fairs, applied to 50+ jobs since I got my license, and consistently bid at all surrounding hospitals. I have even applied to hospice/nursing home positions - no call backs. I have attended one interview for an internship, and been offered a very part time nurse manager position as part of a CDC study. I am praying that the nurse manager position will be good enough on a resume to at least get my foot in the door.
Right now I'm in a tough position with the internship, because I will be having a baby right in the middle of it. I never expected to take time off for the baby, because frankly I need to work. My husband is taking FMLA from his job to care for our infant, but at this point I doubt I will have a job anyways. I would accept the internship, if I'm offered the position, except that I don't want to lose the possibility of being hired for taking time off to deliver (six month straight internship with one week off that's non-negotiable). I also know that now that I'm showing nurse managers may take one look at my tummy and decide against pursuing me as a candidate (illegal I know, but true). I am hoping that the study experience will help me get job interviews before the spring BSN students graduate (I deliver in March when I know they will be looking for jobs), but I'm not sure if it's the right kind of experience. Any advice? Experiences out there? Tips, Tricks?