Everybody knows that the United States is over run with law schools, and that if you do not attend a top school or graduate below the top 10% of your class, you are destined for a long time in the unemployment line.
Nursing school has become the same way. I have a great resume and good references, but in May it will be 2 years since I graduated and passed the NCLEX and received my license, and I still can't find work.
To be fair, there is an explanation for this. The way the system works in my neck of the woods is that each little rinky-dink town has its own nursing school (yes, there are towns with 5000 people that have 2 year nursing programs in this state), and that school feeds into the local hospital. So, if you do not get a job at the local hospital that your school feeds into, you will not get a job at all. All the other towns have their own nursing schools that their own hospital hires from exclusively.
Now, the reason I cannot get a job in this town is because my father is a physician here and the hospital tried to buy his practice several years ago and he wouldn't sell to them so that he wouldn't be in their pocket. So there is small town politics at work. Part retaliation for that and part just not wanting a doctor's kid to be on the nursing staff.
I couldn't move because I'm helping to take care of my mom and grandpa, but now things are looking up and I am able to expand my job search nationally.
However, the fact that I have been out of work for so long is another nail in my coffin. Hospitals are worried that I have lost the skills and knowledge that I acquired in nursing school, and are afraid to offer me a position, even if they are otherwise keen on hiring a new graduate.
I don't know what to do. I am at the end of my road and, to be quite honest with you, I would like to leave nursing. However, there really is nothing else that I can do. I feel like I have a degree that is not worth the paper it is printed on. Nursing school does not provide you with any marketable skills that transfer readily to other careers.