Experienced LVN having trouble finding 1st RN job

  1. Hello all,
    I graduated from LVN school 5 years ago. I went back to school and am about to graduate from a well-respected ADN program.

    I am feeling very disheartened. I am getting turned down flat and fast from every residency and RN 1 job that I apply to (I am not applying to BSN only programs, to be clear.)
    I am not picky as to location or specialty. I have been working in skilled nursing since I graduated LVN and I do not want to continue work in another SNF as an RN, but other than that I am flexible and open. I will work weekends, holidays, day shift, night shift, anything. I have been applying in rural areas as well as the coveted city positions.

    Most of my class already has been offered a job or is at least proceeding within the residency applications to interviews. I don't understand why I am being rejected so quickly.
    I applied to two residencies this weekend in a small rural Texas city and got a rejection the very next day. I am at the point of bewilderment.

    I've had several people review my resume, check my Google results/social media to make sure there's nothing controversial whatsoever, I have good references from all my past employers and clinical instructors, I have good grades, I do volunteer work as well as work as an LVN, I belong to the Student Nursing Association as well as a couple of other organizations, I completed a capstone in a coveted specialty area and my preceptor said he'd recommend me any day. I have already been accepted into a BSN program and I have done every class required except for the actual nursing classes, so I am very willing to sign any agreement to get it, because I expect to be done within 9 months of graduating.

    I say all this not because I am trying to brag, I am just confused!
    How is it that classmates who have worse grades than me, no work experience, and even a couple who have had minor brushes with the law, are being offered residency interviews when I am not even getting to that point on the application?
    I would understand if they were choosing between us and it was a personality/appearance thing or not interviewing well or something. But I am not even making it to that step.

    What else can I do?
    Last edit by mavnurs on Nov 15 : Reason: clarity
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  3. by   karmax1
    If you are really flexible, please come to Alabama. There are plenty of RN jobs right here in Birmingham City or Mobile County.
  4. by   mavnurs
    I suppose I should expand my search outside of Texas in that case. Everyone says that there are so many jobs here, but I am not finding that to be the case. So many people are applying from out of state that even the border jobs seem full.

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