I'm wondering if I go back for either an RN-MSN program or a RN-BSN program, will I still find myself just as unemployable?
I gradated in Dec 2011 with an RN diploma degree. Right after graduation, I moved out of the country for 6 months due to my husband's work. While away, I got pregnant. Between not having a bachelor's degree in nursing (I have a BA), moving right after graduation, then being pregnant I have had zero luck getting a job and I'm going NUTS! I've applied for over 100 jobs, gotten resume critiques from my nusing school instructors and I've applied to every type of job that I can think of where an RN can work-- and I've gotten 1 interview with a nurse manager at a clinic but not at any hospitals.
I'm due to have my little girl in Dec and have pretty much given up hope that I'll get anything before I'm settled with her. That will put me at over 1 year since graduation with no experience!! EGAD!
Moving is not an option as my husband has a career in our town in Connecticut.
There are 2 local programs that look good for continuing education: RN-BSN and and RN-MSN program. My fear is that after graduating from either of these, I will have spent even MORE money on my education and still won't be able to find work in a hospital. As a side note, I was very good in school and clinically, I like working on the floor and I think I would honestly make an awesome nurse.
Any thoughts? I'd really love to hear from a nurse manager if any of you have some wisdom to spare! Thanks!!
Use this time to do whatever you can to stand out. I just graduated from as associates program this past May 2012. I went straight into an RN-to-BSN program b/c most places around here want a BSN. I am still trying to apply to jobs - but I honestly I go back and forth between feeling hopeful and hopeless. What can I do anymore? I just do what I have to do at the moment- which is getting through this program. And what is worse is that everyone in my class has a nursing job now, so I just feel like the odd man out.
I am going to start volunteering in a couple of weeks at a hospice. That is something you might want to consider. You can also try to obtain special skills and training, such as ACLS. Keep on applying and updating your resume. I have been on only one patient care tech interview (and I am a licensed nurse) and I stuck around and interviewed at a nursing home open house, even though the coordinator blatantly said that they just hired 5 new nurses and were looking for experienced only. I decided to pursue the interview, even though it was optional for me, just to get an idea of what sort of questions may be asked in future interviews. So, I would suggest attending open houses to get a feel for questions and practice mock interviews.
Sometimes I feel like there is no rhyme and reason as to who they hire. It's either who you know or luck. I know a couple people who have no healthcare experience and got hired. While I feel happy for them (as it shows it can happen even with no healthcare experience), I desperately hope that I am bestowed some of that luck
. Good luck- do whatever you can to sharpen your skills or show that you have been active in some way or another in the community.
I am taking a big financial gamble here. I already have a previous bachelor's degree, my associates in nursing, and now I am in a year long RN-to-BSN program. I am worried sick that I still won't find a job. But, I just forged ahead and I hope for the best. You cannot tell what the future holds anymore.
Last edit by Scarlettz on Nov 4, '12