I've heard stories from other graduates in the last two years - some of them (most that i've talked to say it takes a year or more time to find a nursing postion). I'm not sure if this is a nursing home position, or a nursing position for a specialty, such as med/surg or icu.
I've took my NCLEX exam in February and passed in 75 questions. I was so excited about this accomplishment (until i realized later that it mattered-little). With liscense number in hand, i started applying for positions. I applied in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maryland, and Virginia to stay close to family.
(Now I'm going to vent for a bit).
I got one call back/ phone interview for a residency program at an ICU. (I'm worried that without the additional training and help from a residency/fellowship, that i wouldnt be able to survive in an ICU.) They scheduled an interview. I was so excited because out of 50+ applications, someone was finally interested!
I went down to Baltimore, arrange and paid for travel myself, and took time off work. When i got there, the secretary said it was cancelled. I was shocked. I said i didnt get a phone call. They checked my phone number and said they must have forgotten to call me. They did an extremly short interview because i was already there. They told me that they were accepting internal applicants first and if they had space left they'd call me back to finish
I was a little upset. Mostly discouraged. For all the time and money that i spent, they gave me $5 for their cafeteria. And no apology
. I understand that things happen and i decided to change my strategy for positions. But it makes me wonder how to go about interviews in the future, if i have to take a plane for instance.
I've now applied to over 100 positions all over the U.S. Mostly med/surg, but in skilled nursing facilites too. No callbacks. It seems most applications i come across say 1-2+ years of experience. Obviously i dont have experience as a new grad.
I'm becoming frustrated. I kind of wish that nursing schools didn't go about quoting how low the unemployment is for nursing, when its largley new grads that are unemployed. Because now i have all these student loans that i have to start paying back... (Venting completed)
Can anyone give me advice?
Does anyone know of any places that ARE
hiring new grads
? Or can you give me advice on how to go about interviews that are far away? Or advice on where is best to start looking
for a position? Help please! --- and thanks in advance
Duke just posted new grad positions. Med/surg being one of them.
Last edit by mmc51264 on Apr 24, '13
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