Dear Nurse Beth,
I'm a new nurse. I have been working in long term care since I graduated and although it's been a great experience, I'm still having trouble getting a full time position and have been working casual at 3 different facilities (not at the same time, 2 at once, and now currently just working at one facility). However I'm not getting a lot of hours where I'm working and I have been applying to other jobs for months with no success. I'm starting to lose my passion for nursing, even though I know I love it. I'm even considering going back to school for something else entirely but I'm not sure if that is the answer, and I don't really have the money either. How do I prevent myself from losing my motivation for nursing? What do I need to do to find a decent job in nursing?
Dear Losing Motivation,
It's too soon to decide if nursing is not for you after less than a year and with no full time position. Maybe you are discouraged in job-seeking more than more than losing your passion for nursing.
What have you done so far to land a different position, and what did your classmates do? Did any of them obtain full-time employment, and where are they working?
Is your resume pristine and are you networking and learning interviewing skills? Are you able and willing to relocate if necessary to gain a more desirable position?
You are right, it would be very expensive to give up now. The same energies you would put into pursuing more education can be put into job searching.