5 Months and no job

  1. 0 I'm a new grad lpn for about 5 months and still no job any advice? I have a family to support and can't do it, I'm lost right now. Thanksgiving is coming up and I can't put food on the table at this point going to have apply at fast joint or something because I have no income coming in. And it's taking a toll on my marriage. What to do
  2. Visit  Bigmaine33 profile page

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    Joined Dec '11; Posts: 86; Likes: 11.

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  3. Visit  itsnowornever profile page
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    Honestly? Have your spouse read all the "I don't have a job" posts. You aren't alone. He/she needs to see how tight things are. The medical field isn't the recession proof place it was 10 years ago.
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  4. Visit  smartkangofu profile page
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    I can totally sympathize with what you are experiencing. I was really having tough time for four months.
    I just found one per diem position at a retirement home.

    I rewrote my resume, so that it will catch an attention of human resource people first. I included what my
    goal and passion is and what my strength is. I also made a list of all the facilities in the area and applied to each one of them.
    Some places prefer online application process, but there are some that still accept an application locally at the facility. If that's the case, you might want to go there. It will increase your chance of finding out the name of person in charge of hiring. You might want to ask them if they may take any volunteer on the floor. Take one day at a time and keep applying! Don't give up!
  5. Visit  owlRN01 profile page
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    I am six months out of graduation and just secured my first full time position. I did work a little per diem in the beginning but I am surprised I even got those positions because they usually like to fill them with experienced nurses.
    I feel so blessed to finally have a job. I need money for school loans and to support my husband and I. Before I got this job I had applied to Starbucks thinking about how crazy I was going just sitting at home all day. Any money is better than no money. I worked at Target before graduating nursing school and I would have gone back there in a heartbeat if I was still looking for work. They are probably hiring seasonal staff right now, they are a great place to work for. Chances are once you take a job, any job, finding one will be so much easier. That’s how it was for me. A couple weeks after I started my per diem home health gig I got a call from a hospital to interview and accepted the job less than 24 hours later. I would say do what you have to do now to make money for your family. If you keep applying to nurses positions something is bound to come
  6. Visit  itsmejuli profile page
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    At this point you need to take any job you can find, not just a nursing job. Bills are bills and money is money no matter job it comes from.

    You can be working while looking for your ideal job in nursing.
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  7. Visit  SummitRN profile page
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    It takes an average of 6-9 months for BSN RN grads to get a job in my state, 9-14 for ADNs RNs.
  8. Visit  Inori profile page
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    Stay positive, keep looking and yes in mean time pick up any job that pays. Use resumes written for a specific job ex: when applying for mcdonalds job don't put nursing on it because you'd be "overqualified" and in mean time if you're in position of having to put food on table look into food pantries, food kitchens there's no shame in being hungry. good luck and keep looking.
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  9. Visit  anjresident profile page
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    Quote from SummitAP
    It takes an average of 6-9 months for BSN RN grads to get a job in my state, 9-14 for ADNs RNs.
    sad but true. landed my first gig 14 months after graduating. though i was only intensely looking every couple of months due to lack of motivation or depression and spurts of motivation. my spurt of motivation and finally landing a job was due to my savings ran out and i seriously needed money. and it worked! so if you really need it, you will get it some how!
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  10. Visit  sheliapntr2012 profile page
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    Go in person and apply to every Health and Rehab Center in your area. Then follow up with the DON. I got a prn job at first but this is how I got my new full time job. Good Luck!
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  11. Visit  Aongroup1990 profile page
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    Why don't you get a job as a cna or something and work your way up, or make your resume great , and dress nice for any interviews.
  12. Visit  CarreBarreLPN profile page
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    Defiently go into all the nursing homes/rehab centers. I know several in the Chicagoland area have an "open interview" day where you can go in on a certain day and be interviewed. The most important thing is to go in and be seen.
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  13. Visit  Scarlettz profile page
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    It's tough, for sure. I have been looking for 6 months for a nursing job (ADN graduate.) You may have to look at other realms of nursing (or even PCT positions or other health related jobs) until then. If finances are really scary (and I am sure they are) then you might have to take a job that isn't nursing related. However, I highly advocate that you keep current somehow despite taking a job that isn't in health care (volunteer, earn additional certifications - ACLS, for instance, join a nursing association, and take up new skills.. learn Spanish, etc.) Make sure you participate in open houses, mock interviews, and resume conferences. You might also consider relocation.

    Are you an ADN or BSN grad?
  14. Visit  Ntheboat2 profile page
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    Quote from itsnowornever
    Honestly? Have your spouse read all the "I don't have a job" posts. You aren't alone. He/she needs to see how tight things are. The medical field isn't the recession proof place it was 10 years ago.
    Exactly! I showed my husband some of these threads, but for different reasons. I had interviews and job offers but they were between either driving over an hour to work, us moving so I didn't have to drive, or me working at night. He said he didn't want to move....it was too far to drive...and I shouldn't work at night. I said, "Look, there are people who graduated a YEAR ago and don't have a job at all so I'm lucky to have all the options that I have!" After considering how much I'll be making and what the other option is (unemployed) he came around!
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