graduated 3 years ago but just passed Nclex-RN need advice plz

  1. I graduated back in 2014. Shortly before graduating, I had my first and only child. I attempted to take NCLEX right after graduating and failed. My husband got a new job that required him to travel out of state for 2-3 wks every month so we decided it would be best I stay at home. That was one factor that determined my decision to stay home and care for my child (she was an extremely fussy/colicky baby and I was afraid others would not have as much patience as I did).

    Anyway, she has outgrown that fussy stage and soon she will be starting preschool and now I have someone who I feel will care for her well.. MY mom. So now that I've been applying for jobs, I've been finding it extremely difficult and discouraging. I have taken BLS and ACLS courses. What others should I take, if any? I do not have any letter so of recommendation (I've thought about contacting my professors but not sure if its appropriate given the time frame)
    Should my cover letter include the GAP from graduation date to receiving my license? If so, how would I word that?
    And given my situation, what do I need to do differently (if anything) to get an interview? I live in Southern California (Corona area) and have been applying to cities in Orange County as well.
    Last edit by Bella2016 on Jun 13 : Reason: NA
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  3. by   amoLucia
    You'll prob need to cast a wide net for your job search. Restricting yourself to only 1 area of practice (like hosp or pediatrics) will seriously limit your chances. And being open to various scheduling options will help you also.

    Sorry to say this, but you don't have any super strong bargaining cookies to bring to the table. Prospective employers have a huge pool of applicants from which to choose.

    Good luck to you.
  4. by   Bella2016
    No worries. I'm aware that employers have a huge pool of applicants to choose from with experience and not to mention fresh new grads. That's why I'm feeling discouraged and wanted to seek any advice to see how I can help my current situation.
    And thank you, I will not limit myself to just one area. Im looking into LTC, clinics, and nursing homes.
  5. by   Nurse Beth
    Quote from Bella2016
    So now that I've been applying for jobs, I've been finding it extremely difficult and discouraging. I have taken BLS and ACLS courses. What others should I take, if any? I do not have any letter so of recommendation (I've thought about contacting my professors but not sure if its appropriate given the time frame)
    Should my cover letter include the GAP from graduation date to receiving my license? If so, how would I word that?
    And given my situation, what do I need to do differently (if anything) to get an interview? I live in Southern California (Corona area) and have been applying to cities in Orange County as well.
    Congrats on earning your license and don't give up. You put your family first and that's commendable- now you just have an extra challenge. Taking more certifications is not the answer. Refining your resume, cover letter, interview skills, and targeting potential employers is key.

    There is no downside to asking for letters of recommendations from your previous professors because you have to pull out all the stops now.

    You could address the elephant in the room head on in your cover letter by alluding to it briefly but not dwelling on it. "Due to family circumstances, my career was temporarily on hold but now the situation is resolved. I look forward to working in an organization such as yours that shares my values"

    It's because of new grads and not so new grads just like yourself that I just wrote a book titled "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your first Nursing Job". It's full of practical suggestions and maybe you'll check it out I live in California and have a heart for new nurses who are trying to get a start. Best wishes.

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