Job searching for 6+ months, success stories?

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    For all the discouraged new grads out there, I thought I'd start this post for nurses who took six months or more after graduation to find their first nursing job but went on to have successful careers.

    I'll start. I graduated with a BSN in August 2010. Spent the next 8 months searching unsuccessfully for a hospital RN job. Decided to go back to school for my master's as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Started in June 2011, finished in Feb 2013. Started my first NP job in May 2013.
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    Quote from Jeanette73
    For all the discouraged new grads out there, I thought I'd start this post for nurses who took six months or more after graduation to find their first nursing job but went on to have successful careers.

    I'll start. I graduated with a BSN in August 2010. Spent the next 8 months searching unsuccessfully for a hospital RN job. Decided to go back to school for my master's as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Started in June 2011, finished in Feb 2013. Started my first NP job in May 2013.
    Well I graduated with a BSN in 2008 and got my license march 2013. Since march I have been applying to every hospital no luck. I can't go back to school right now because I am 6 months pregnant. I really need a job.
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    Jeanette, this is not a good sign. *crickets* Ha! 773 views and no hopeful stories. I hope I can give you a hopeful story soon.
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    Maybe they're too busy working to surf AN
    wish_me_luck likes this.
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    We can only hope. It is us unemployed new grad nurses surfing AN.
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    Some of us are waiting to get their feet under in order to call it success...just saying.

    It took me 6 months for a call, about two months through the interview process, equalling out to 8 months to start my job. I enjoyed it, but felt like I needed more fundamentals to get back into the acute care setting. By this time, the last time I stepped into the acute care setting was my senior critical care rotation in 2011. I did not "transition" well, was vocal about my struggles, and they could see it as well. I still had my previous job (# 1 rule in nursing I learned many moons ago...ALWAYS have a back-up job! ) and transitioned into the role of an RN, but I wanted a change. I just hit the 1 year mark, and I have been interviewing for various settings. I hope to land a job soon. I don't want to talk about my journey until close to a year, if I get one of these positions. I think I will have a evolved perspective on my journey...it's just begun, and I expected this, and it has made it more interesting where my journey will take me, and it will be successful and enjoyable, that's all I know.


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