I recently started my job search last month, this will be my first job in the field of health care. My only preference is that the job I land is at a hospital, being from Saint Louis I have plenty of options so I wasn't worried about having too much trouble getting a job. I'm applying for tech positions, a few LPN positions, and a couple of positions dealing with outpatient procedures where I'd be dealing with IVs and EKGs. I am an LPN, IV certified, and have never worked in health care outside of my nursing clinicals - but I'm qualified for all of the jobs that I've applied for...Did I mention I've put in 36+ applications at 8 different facilities?? Its been three weeks since my first application and I've still heard nothing. I guess I'm just wondering where to go from here and how long of a process this usually is. The facilities that I've called to contact HR for job opportunities simply have voice recordings saying to apply online and that they will contact you if they are interested. Is it wrong to call HR to seek new job opportunities or to follow up on an application? Is it ok to physically go to the Human Resources Department to drop off a resume? Who do I talk to? What am I supposed to do now? The waiting is driving me crazy and I feel like I'm getting nowhere!! Please Help =)
Jul 19, '12
by Inori, ASN, BSN
hang in there keep applying and call to follow up on your application say after 1 week. You're just getting started 36 is a tiny drop in the sea of it all. I'm up to 150 in past 2 months, and i've an excell sheet tracking it all.
Remember you're an RN now and your #1 duty is to protect your hard earned license. Be very careful of what you do even as volunteer. Most states make it so that places cannot hire an RN for a lower position and do not accept work from a private place that says sure no prob its fine because its not. Some thing happens to patient and while you're just the "tech" but as an RN you could have changed the outcome well they sue and you're done for. AND medical malpractice insurance doesn't cover you in the role of tech.. as you're not suppose to do it to start. BON gets involved now you either lose license or its under investigation. You dont want dings on your licencse and youve not even started using it yet. Future employers will see it as poor judgement, liability risk etc etc
Anyways for monies just do something else on the side and up to you to list it or not on resume. Most of my classmates including myself have had to do other things no nursing to put food on the table until we get a nursing job. Apply to nursing homes too. In the mean time take certification courses, volunteer at your intended place of employmebnt if you can. ( this is basically water refilling, talking to pt, or filing) GOOD LUCK!
Last edit by Inori on Jul 19, '12