shaggy77 I appreciate your comment.
I accepted a job offer before Christmas on the IMC floor at Valley so things are DEFINETELY looking up for me. Just takes time, commitment and a winning personality.
I had gotten another offer last month that was rescinded due to my medical treatment that is overseen by 2 of my doctors(I have neuropathc thoracic outlet syndrome which is relieved by medical marijuana which I have used for 8 years). I let other nurses know who were curious about whether med. marijuana was acceptable during employment screening(it isn't btw) and a lot of people have Been wondering, but no one ever answers the question so I did.
I don't use mmj recreationally, it is a medically recognized pain therapy regimen, unfortunately it is not socially acceptable in the nursing community and still causes liability concerns due to the fact it has an extremely long half life making it impossible to know whether someone used it 4 hours ago, or 4 days ago... I had to restructure my pain management regimen and live with a little more pain, but hey you gotta sacrifice to be who you wanna be, right?
Anyways being a new grad looking for that first job is hard. It sucks. And no matter how positive you try and be, it is rough-- but eventually YOU DO GET THAT CALL....YOU FINALLY GET THAT JOB OFFER. And that feeling goes away-- you realize your hard work WAS NOT in vain, and it was all worth it. To anyone who reads this post, KEEP YOUR HEAD UP.... It WILL happen.
I got this job by networking at continuing Ed classes- I met a charge nurse in my Critical care class -- I got my last job offer by going directly to the unit and asking what I needed to do to work there(I made an appointment with the nurse mgr via phone, I DID NOT walk in uninvited) and I had all certs I knew they wanted so it was very easy to turn that "mentoring session" into an interview, and a job offer...
I was offered another position 2 weeks out of school for the ER new grad position at UMC but I wasn't eligible to take NCLEX by the start date( my degree posted at a weird time from my school) -- so if you are in Vegas, graduated from a local school and you have been out of school longer than 4 months without a full time job offer, you are doing something wrong and should rethink your marketing plan(applying for a job is marketing yourself) cause I have now had 3 offers, and I graduated in July and took NCLEX in August.
I had 2 interviews where I did not get the job(one in Reno at Renown and one at a surgery center that I really DIDN'T want anyways) of my class of 14 we are all employed At local hospitals, with the exception of two people, one of which is at a LTC and the other is an EMS nurse for AMR.
Tyvm and good luck to all the new grads on here!!!!