It might sound a bit crazy but I guess I've become a bit desperate. I am from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing 8 months ago. My interest is in adult acute care and I would like to work in a med/surg unit or similar. But, like my colleagues, I've graduated as a generalist RN (I passed my licensing exam) so, I don't have any specialty training.
I've searched almost all hospitals within a 70 mile radius that offer full/part time RN employment that I might qualify for and that is in my area of interest. After searching for jobs since graduating and getting only one interview so far and not hearing back from 99% of places I apply to...
I'm wondering if anybody knows if it were possible to work for free for a few months at a hospital, like a probation period but without pay. My hope is that I could come to an agreement with the unit manager that after a few months, if the unit manager is satisfied with my progress, perhaps I'll offered employment? Even if I don't get the job, what I lose in income I'll gain in experience which is what I desperately need. Every week that passes is another week that my references forget more about me and a struggle to re-study all that was routine when I was back in school.
I know it sounds stupid and you might suggest that I have professionals look over my resume and such but I really don't think that my resume/cover letter are the issue.
I'm quite serious about this...not just fanciful thinking. So, does anybody know if this is remotely possible or even legal or permissible? I'm also not sure how unionized work places might react to such a work agreement (if it were possible).
Even better, does anybody know of any internship programs for new RNs anywhere in Canada (I'll go wherever)?