[COLOR=#000000][/COLOR]I wouldlike to start by saying that I am 44 years old and I have been previouslyemployed as a bioprocess technician with a biotech company and have a degree inbiology/cellular molecular option. I have had previous experience and trainingin several health-related fields. I am a MLT and a phlebotomist. I think Ishould have thought twice about nursing and health care in general and stayedwith my original profession. I had a good job, making about 50K a year basesalary plus overtime, which I still would have if it was not for nursing. Themain reason that I went ahead and got my BSN was that my wife was relocatedfrom California to Portland, Oregon and there are no biotech companies there.In fact there are very few high paying jobs there at all. Due to the fact thatI had a good job in California and accepted into nursing school, my wife and Iagreed to live separately for 4 years so that I could complete this training. Igraduated in March and have been looking for a job since. Now that doesn’t soundlike a long time to be looking, but here is what I have found. No one ishiring! Not just new grad nurses but for most anything. I remember nights with 2 hours of sleep preppingfor clinicals and studying my ass off to pass my courses. Nursing was thehardest thing I have ever done and for what? There are no opportunities for newgrads anywhere. You have to be on a wait list to volunteer at the free clinic. Ican’t get my foot in the door at a hospital because my additional medicalexperience as a phlebotomist and a lab tech but that was years ago even thoughI still have kept up my licenses. Employers want you to have oodles ofexperience that was yesterday and no one will give you a chance. It seems as though they only hire insiderswhich you can’t become unless you meet people in the industry. It has been suggestedthat I volunteer. How can I volunteer if there are no openings for volunteers?Do tell me how to network if you have no options to meet people in industry? Itseems as though everyone has been given the same advice and is now either in themilitary, volunteering or on some rural assignment. The nursing shortage is completeBull ****. As a matter of fact Yahoo now doesn’t even put nursing in it’s to 10jobs of the future. I graduated in March and have been in Oregon since then andthe only job I have even interviewed for is a temp job at Lowes. This is by farthe worst economy I have ever lived through and it is not getting betterregardless of what is said. I can't wait for the nursing shortage of 2020. I amtoo god damn old and besides my skills would be eroded by then. I am thinkingabout just returning to biotech which means leaving my wife and returning toCalifornia.