I feel like the plague!!!

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    I have been out of school just shy of a year in May. I had a nursing job right out of school at a place I worked since 2003 as a highschool student. In October I was laid off due to the LTC facility needing to downsize because resident population was down. I being a new nurse was one of the first to be cut. I understood. From then on I have been applying and e-mailing many different places in my area with no luck of an interview, and only have received rejection letters. I feel like I am carrying the plague with me, because I am new nurse with minimal RN experience. What do you guys suggest I do? Any input would be appreciated!!
    Last edit by LindseyRN86 on Apr 10, '12
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    Think outside the box. Look for private duty. Look at schools for one on one or sub work. (my daughter has a one on one RN) While these may not be where you relly want to work it may help and for some reason it seems that finding a job is easier if you already have a job.
    Remember it is the economy not you that is leading to the "dry" spell in nursing. Keep us posted on how you are doing. You will find work.
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    Quote from PrayeRNurse
    Think outside the box. Look for private duty. Look at schools for one on one or sub work. (my daughter has a one on one RN) While these may not be where you relly want to work it may help and for some reason it seems that finding a job is easier if you already have a job.
    Remember it is the economy not you that is leading to the "dry" spell in nursing. Keep us posted on how you are doing. You will find work.
    Thank-you so much for the reply! What a great idea! I will have to look into that. I live in a small town less than 10,000. So jobs are hard to come by as it is and we live an hour or so away from the next "big" town . I think I will have to look outside of the box. Last night I applied to a dialysis unit that needed a secretary...hey it might get my foot in the door. I have also e-mailed some of the tribes in our area at their clinics to put myself out there. Thanks for the encouragement and will keep you updated!
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    Since you have less than a year's experience as a RN, you may still qualify for most new grad programs/residencies. Try applying--or reapplying--because you never know.
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    Thank-you for your reply Meriwhen! I am going to apply and re-apply to all those positions. Great idea. It really doesn't hurt! Thanks!!
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    Don't give up. My situation is not quite the same as in my case it's been an unintentioned blessing for me to be unemployed right now (a whole story in itself).

    I agree, think outside the box. Also, I feel you feeling like you have the plague. I graduated in 2008 and after my first RN position didn't work out, no application I have sent out since has resulted in an interview. I too have less than a year of RN experience, actually I have less than 2 months.

    I haven't given up on an RN job, you shouldn't either
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    Quote from LindseyRN86
    I have been out of school just shy of a year in May. I had a nursing job right out of school at a place I worked since 2003 as a highschool student. In October I was laid off due to the LTC facility needing to downsize because resident population was down. I being a new nurse was one of the first to be cut. I understood. From then on I have been applying and e-mailing many different places in my area with no luck of an interview, and only have received rejection letters. I feel like I am carrying the plague with me, because I am new nurse with minimal RN experience. What do you guys suggest I do? Any input would be appreciated!!
    You are not carrying the Plague. You are just looking for a position when the market is flooded with Nurses. Keep trying you will get something.
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    Thank-you for the reply wildcatfanrn!! I feel for you as well. Something will happen for us. I just know it!! All of you have really brightened my outlook! Thanks so much!!
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    Thank-you for your reply Merlyn! You are so right. It is very flooded and I should just keep applying and thinking outside the box! I really appreciate your confirming that I will get a job at some point! Thank you again!
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    Quote from LindseyRN86
    Thank-you for your reply Merlyn! You are so right. It is very flooded and I should just keep applying and thinking outside the box! I really appreciate your confirming that I will get a job at some point! Thank you again!
    You are quit welcome. Hopefully things change.
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