Unemployed & inexperienced New RNs. Vent it out! - page 5

It's good to have an outlet you can spill your feelings about finding a job and struggling being unemployed. Got my CA RN license in Jan2011 and trying to land a RN job anywhere. Passed hundreds... Read More

  1. Visit  starghadeer profile page
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    Hi, I live in California and am seriously thinking about moving out to a different state. I've been looking into endorsements but they can get costly for me since CA is not a compact state. Did you get endorsements first and then apply or just apply and worried about a KY state license later? Unless KY and AZ are both compact states!
  2. Visit  Nursingluv101 profile page
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    Every Night I have a hard night and I want to scream my head out I read this thread, and I'm Thankful for my job. Hang in there your "dream" job until your actually on the floor is out there some where!
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  3. Visit  Candyn profile page
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    Quote from starghadeer
    Hi, I live in California and am seriously thinking about moving out to a different state. I've been looking into endorsements but they can get costly for me since CA is not a compact state. Did you get endorsements first and then apply or just apply and worried about a KY state license later? Unless KY and AZ are both compact states!
    KY and AZ are compact states, however when I got calls from the hospitals for interview, most of them did not even know KY and AZ are compact states, so it seems like that is not a factor that they looked at to decide whether they should call me for interview. I will say just apply for position and make sure you know how long and process to get license in the state you apply to so when they call, you can tell them about it so they know it won't be a problem for you to get a license and start if a job offer is made. I really do not think they make you to get endorsement before apply, seriously cost lot of money and you can not just hold license on all states. They should be understandable about it.
  4. Visit  KATRN78 profile page
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    Quote from mccordm1
    Has anyone who has posted on this thread recently gotten a job? I would love to hear some good outcomes! It can all be so discouraging! It's easier to stay optimistic when others are in the same situation, and eventually come out with jobs!!
    I had my FIRST REAL nursing interview. I think it went well but I haven't heard from them yet.
  5. Visit  jeanine53098 profile page
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    Hi everyone, here is my story. I graduated in 2003 and didnt test nclex until january 2012 (successful). When I graduated my father was sick with cancer so I took care of him and worked at a pediatric primary care office as a nurse. I started working there while in high school as a file clerk and remained there thru college. After my father passed my life moved forward (husband, kids etc). In 2010 after 12 years of employment I was laid off for financial reasons. I am now applying for jobs and cannot find anything. I have applied to at least 150 positions. I have heard back from 2. One was a pediatric pcp office affiliated with Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia. I interviewed and then was asked to shadow but I havent heard back from them. The initial interview was on feb 23. I have another interview tomorrow for a summer day camp nurse. Hope it goes well.
    I have good reason to believe that my former office administrator is giving me bad references. I contacted her when I started applying, along with my nurse manager and one of the partners in the practice asking if they would consider being a reference for me and writing me letters. All 3 of them agreed and wrote me amazing letters of recommendation, but now a lot of companies send electronic reference forms to these people. One of my other references told me that the administrator had given me a bad reference on the camp nurse position, not sure about the CHOP job. I NEED a job, but on all of the applications I have filled out thus far I have listed this woman as a reference, I can find another person. How do I go about asking her not to respond to any further reference inquiries about me without letting her know I know what she is doing? Does anyone know if I have a right in PA to review or obtain a copy of my employee record? I need some guidance. This has been my only real job (the pizza shop doesnt really count). I am only trying to get a job to better the lives of my children and I feel like this woman is standing in my way. Please help me!
  6. Visit  dirtyhippiegirl profile page
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    Quote from jeanine53098
    Hi everyone, here is my story. I graduated in 2003 and didnt test nclex until january 2012 (successful). When I graduated my father was sick with cancer so I took care of him and worked at a pediatric primary care office as a nurse.
    ...wait, you were working as a nurse without having passed the NCLEX???
  7. Visit  jeanine53098 profile page
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    they cleared it with their legal team and they were allowed to employee because they also employed medical assisstants
  8. Visit  jeanine53098 profile page
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    1:28 am by jeanine53098
    1:28 am by jeanine53098 a member since feb '12. posts: 2

    they cleared it with their legal team and they were allowed to employee because they also employed medical assisstants
  9. Visit  NursingisAnArtform profile page
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    [FONT=franklin gothic medium]Hi everyone! I have been having a bit of trouble with applications as well. It has been hard and some days it gets even harder. I wish that it will get better!

    So let me start by saying a few things about me.. I graduated in May 2010 and passed the boards on my second try May 2011 (questions are definitely different from the ones they get you used to in nursing school.. but YAY IT WAS AMAZING!). Since then I have been looking for a job online and attending career fairs here and there.

    I'm starting to think I'm missing something in my career transition from student to professional.. maybe that's why no one will consider me for a hospital position... >,< Does anyone have any ideas about Nursing Residency programs? I found a program called "Nursing residency" at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Penn Medicine. I wish they offered it at my nursing school.

    Since I can remember, I have been babysitting for my sisters and with my parents always working, I was the only helping hand available... which also occupied my own time and so I couldn't do all the volunteership and externship I have always wanted to do.

    Thinking even more about what I missed.. I want to pursue these dreams but it would put me at a financial risk since I haven't worked since my dietary aide job back in nursing school. I have been getting a little help from my parents but I really don't want to burden them anymore.

    My questions are:
    1. Can you help network with me and vice versa?
    2. Is it possible to work as a Unit secretary, a patient care tech/CNA/Nurse associate with an RN license?
    3. Is it allright if I take a nonhealth-care related job while I'm applying? Like a job at Ross or Dunkin Donuts?


    Desperately seeking someone who will give me a chance so I can help change the world.
    [FONT=franklin gothic medium]
  10. Visit  jea53098 profile page
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    Hi it sounds like u are in the Philadelphia area. I contacted Jeff and was told if you have been out of school for longer than 6mths u are not eligible for their residency program and penn recommends that u take a rn refresher bc it's been too long since graduation to join theirs as well. I also had the same idea about applying for pt tech and unit sec jobs, so I did just that and within hours, sometimes even minutes I received the automated rejection letter. So I think they know we r looking for an in at their facility and don't really want that. It is so frustrating, u are not alone. People say try ltc, but they want at least 2-5 years experience along w visiting nurse/home care companies. Best of luck keep us posted!
  11. Visit  dirtyhippiegirl profile page
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    Quote from jeanine53098
    they cleared it with their legal team and they were allowed to employee because they also employed medical assisstants
    Still doesn't sound legit, esp. their reasoning. But that could be a bigger issue re. the job situation. You're handing potential employers a resume stating that you have several years of NURSING experience but when they run your license, you weren't licensed until very recently.
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  12. Visit  CrunchRN profile page
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    Yep, I think you need to claim your office nursing time as medical assisting on a resume because you only recently became a licensed nurse. The way you are doing it I think people would find it untruthful because of your date on your license. Then once you get an interview you can explain you functioned at the RN level if that is what you did. Good luck with your job hunt!
  13. Visit  jeanine53098 profile page
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    I am not claiming it as nursing experience. My resume is very straight forward. I dont claim to be a nurse on my resume. I state that I am a recently licensed nurse with 12 years experience working in the healthcare field. thank you for your concern and advice. I thought i could get some support and advice, not criticism.

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