Unemployed & inexperienced New RNs. Vent it out! - page 6
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
Apr 3, '12 by CrunchRNI was not meaning it as criticism. It was very unclear in your post so I thought it might be equally unclear in your resume. I was trying to help, but if you are going to be that sensitive then you should make it clear that you do not want actual constructive productive suggestions, but only someone to tell you it will all be magically ok.
I am sorry I bothered.
Apr 8, '12 by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorQuote from jeanine53098I'm sure you feel that your resume is straightforward.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.
But to be honest, the fact that posters here found how you phrased it on the resume as somewhat misleading means that POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS who read your resume may also find it misleading. That could really work against you in the job hunt...interviewers may feel mislead about your experience, thinking you have more skills than you actually do. And even after your explaining to them what you really did at the office, they may still have has an unfavorable image of you.
It's hard to negate a bad first impression. Not impossible, but very hard. And as a new grad, you need every chance you can get to build a good impression, because there's too many of you out there. If they think your resume is at all misleading--even though you may feel you're not being misleading--they can easily remove you from consideration because it's not as though they're lacking for applicants. And word of mouth about you can do far more damage to you and your chances than you realize.
Since you seem to be unreceptive to constructive feedback at the forum, I would get a couple of friends/coworker read your resume and let you know how they perceive your work experience. Even better: if you are still able to access your school's career office, have someone from there read it.
But again, it's your job hunt and thus your decision.
Best of luck.Last edit by Meriwhen on Apr 8, '12
Apr 8, '12 by Joe DeeWow this forum is a real eye opener. I thought I did my due diligence finding a second career that needed people was recession proof etc. Looks like I did not dig deep enough. I am a middle age man with a family and have been running my own business for decades. The writing is on the wall and business has been shrinking every year. I am finishing up a year of prerequisites and all my general ed courses and am scheduled to start a two year nursing program in the fall. After reading all your stories I feel like a fool and am reconsidering my plan to attend school in the fall. I don't need another career that has to many people and not enough jobs.........I am shocked
Apr 9, '12 by jeanine53098Hi Joe Dee before you start school you should check the requirements at the facilities in your area. There are so many hospitals, offices, ltc facilities, etc. that will only hire a nurse with a bachelor degree. Just another thing to think about before paying for tuition. Good luck in your endeavors!
Apr 9, '12 by jeanine53098Hi Meriwhen
Thanks for the advice. Contacting the career center is a good idea, which I never thought of.
Apr 9, '12 by MerlynDon't you know there is a nursing shortage? I got criticized for saying that there wasn't. There is. You were lie to in school and you get lied to on this board. There is an over abundance of new RN's. I had to take early retirement because there is no nursing shortage.
Apr 9, '12 by not.done.yet, MSN, RN GuideQuote from Joe DeeLots of people consider what they hear in the media to be "due diligence". It isn't, it is heresay and sometimes just plain lies.Wow this forum is a real eye opener. I thought I did my due diligence finding a second career that needed people was recession proof etc. Looks like I did not dig deep enough. I am a middle age man with a family and have been running my own business for decades. The writing is on the wall and business has been shrinking every year. I am finishing up a year of prerequisites and all my general ed courses and am scheduled to start a two year nursing program in the fall. After reading all your stories I feel like a fool and am reconsidering my plan to attend school in the fall. I don't need another career that has to many people and not enough jobs.........I am shocked
You have done well to get outside of that and get the real story, so good for you. Yes, this is not a stable thing to go into right now. However, neither is anything else. There is no such thing as a "recession proof" career and the USA is in the deepest recession/depression since the 1920s. When people lose work, spouses go back to work and job openings dry up. Retirements get put on hold and part-timers go full-time - both of those dry up the job market too. When people lose work, they lose healthcare coverage. When people lose healthcare coverage they stop going in for elective healthcare. When people decline their elective health consumerism, hospitals draw down on the number of hires. They try to keep the same profit margin by trying to have fewer people doing the same job. This also dries up job openings. Added to all this is a surplus of people graduating from nursing school. There are not enough jobs for every new GN who wants one to actually get one.
If you want to be a nurse you should be one. If you want to be one for job security and income, yeah...you probably want to look elsewhere. It is hard, unpleasant work with long hours and low pay when held up against everything a nurse is responsible for.
Aug 11, '12 by Saab93Bump. I was determined to find a job, but after couple of months of sending electronic applications and getting automated rejection emails, which is better than not getting any emails back, I need to vent some things before I go back to school (online RN-BSN) and continue with my job search.
How can hospitals claim they are "teaching hospitals" when they don't hire new RNs? They talk about the cost of hiring new RNs for training, but they are happy to pay premium for RNs from travel agencies. And I can only imagine what the work environment is like to work with a travel nurse who is not commited to work within the team because they can just leave and pick up another assignment elsewhere. Or a travel nurse going above and beyond when they know the end date of their assignment. It is much better to invest in a new employee than rotating the temp workers. Don't they know that?
And what is up with "magnet" hospitals"? That is like an art gallery advertising "we only display art from artists with Bachelor's degree in art", or imagine a band claiming all of their members hold Bachelor's in music degree. How about a book store that only carries a book written by authors with Bachelor's in literature or english? Everyone knows these claims are so stupid, we question the institution who makes these claims. So why hospitals think they get benefit from such a claim? I think it came from nurses with BSN felt threatened by nurses with ADN when competing for power, policy, or position. My Bachelor's in business, life long experience, and ADN training will make me a better new grad nurse than most 20yr old new grads nurse with BSN.
Oct 8, '12 by cook78I graduated from an LPN program 18 months ago. Got my NCLEX on the first try. I wanted to work in LTC where I had been a CNA for over 2 years. I have excellent references from supervisors as well as residents and their families from my employment in LTC.I have applied for only a few hospital positions out of desperation because LTC now wants nurses to have an RN BSN and at least 1 year of experience. Hospitals are the same. There seems to be a No New Grads policy wherever I go. When I read on other nursing sites and here that there are all these nursing jobs for new grads and to just keep an open mind, don't be picky, keep applying... I am convinced that those who claim they had jobs right out of school, must either work for a nursing school or have job connections. The only person from my graduating class that walked right into a hospital job has family members who already work in that hospital system. Nursing schools want to stay in business so of course they're going to keep claiming that there is a "nursing shortage". Good thing I am an excellent chef or I would be totally unemployed. If I ever get a nursing job I am going to have to attend a refresher course. I haven't been around any nursing skills in a year and a half. How safe is this going to be for patients? Volunteering is not really an option when you live in farm country and would have to drive 63 miles to the nearest Red Cross. And at todays gas prices. Yes, the local hospital has some volunteer options that are not nursing oriented in any way and that is 28 miles away.I just spent $75.00 renewing my BLS for Healthcare Provider and I don't know why. I guess if someone at the restaurant has a heart attack they'll be lucky that the chef is also an LPN?
Oct 8, '12 by CrunchRNWhat a frustrating situation cook78. It is so unfair what the faculty and schools are doing....
Oct 8, '12 by caffeineaddictIf I weren't in school part time I'd be furious!
I too need to renew my bls but for what? Good luck 2 us all.
We will be employed soon
Oct 22, '12 by Anthony_OThe impression that I get is that these facilities would rather make their staff work in unsafe conditions than to hire additional help. Makes me regret spending 3 years training to become a nurse.