I'm a newly graduated nurse: associates degree, graduated cum laude, received humanitus award, I have a volunteer history, tailored suit, positive attitude, many letters of recommendation, etc.
Have been applying online to every hospital I can easily commute to (including Jersey), but I feel like me resumes are getting lost in the digital vacuum. Am about to start going to hospitals in person and dropping off paper resumes and try to meet HR folks in person. too pushy?
It seems there are plenty of job postings for staff nursing positions but they all require at least one year med surg. I have med surg clinical experience, but no, i haven't worked one year in med surg, b/c I just graduated, so how am I supposed to get a foot in the door? move to Texas? Really? that's my option? go further into debt to get an oh-so-coveted online BSN? Because studying for a degree during the (i hear its stressful) first year on the floors won't make me a less focused nurse. Oh, I could pay near $600 for four days of ACLS & IV certification, cause that'll replace hands on clinical experience no problem.
can you tell I'm frustrated?
and, I haven't even started looking into positions at nursing homes.
In conclusion, any advice (not advise
everyone, let's show the world that nurses can spell please) on how one should get a job when in my position would be appreciated. Please don't tell me I have to move to Texas.