I just graduated from nursing school third in my class. I passed my nclex in 75 questions and am having a hard time with a job hunt.
I currently work at a local hospital as a nursing assistant because I dont yet have a nursing job. Last night, I went to work on the floor where I had completed my capstone to be met with the nurses being shocked that I was there since "I was starting to work monday as their new grad RN". Not only am I not the new grad RN, I did not even get an interview for the position. When I said it was not me, the nurses were having a conversation among themselves asking why the nurse manager would hire a stranger when they know and like me. While it was sweet of them to say so, I ended up in the bathroom in tears.
I am scheduled to work again tomorrow night, but I think I am calling in sick and giving my notice. That new grad RN job was the last of the new hire jobs until October, so I will not be working there.
To top it off, the charge nurse asked me that since I am an RN if I could teach a patient something. I was working as a nursing assistant and told her it was out of my scope of practice, I could not, but again, it hurt.
I know it's wrong to call in sick when I am not, but it hurts to see the woman that I wont be working with. I am sad. I know it probably looks bad that I wont' have a job at all, but I just cant take working as a nursing assistant where I should be an RN.
Sorry just wanted to vent.
Mar 3, '12
by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
Quote from wish_me_luck
But, I think the only way to get that resolved is to approach the clinical leader who hired the other person. I agree though that that is a strange move on her part when you have your license, have been working on that floor (so, you are oriented to that floor), you have a good working relationship with the other people. Then, she goes and hires a stranger.
Unfortunately, the fact that the OP worked there as a nurses' aide doesn't guarantee that she would be hired on as a new grad RN. There could be many reasons why the OP wasn't picked up for the spot and/or someone else was...and not all of them may have to do with the OP. So for her to approach the nurse manager to question about why she wasn't even considered may not go over very well.
It's not necessarily fair. But that's how it can be at times.
OP: I'm sorry this has happened to you. As for whether you should stay or go...that's a tough call. You do have your foot in the system and the advantage of being an internal candidate and trying again when October comes. However you also have to go back and work in that environment until then, and that can be a lot to deal with.
If it were me, I'd try to get out of there ASAP because of the charge nurse asking me to step out of my scope of practice--do they think that because you're a RN in an aide role that it's like having another nurse at half the cost? If they want me to be a RN then they can hire me as a RN; otherwise I'm not setting one foot outside of my scope for any reason.
Best of luck whatever you decide!
Last edit by Meriwhen on Mar 3, '12