I have my BSN, passed my NCLEX and haven't found a job in 2 years.
Not through lack of effort mind you, but i live in Philadelphia, where the job market is basically nil for new grads. I applied to absolutely everywhere including Nurse Residency programs, and i get rejected all the time.
There is absolutely no way i can move my family to another part of the country.
I would like to have a career in nursing, but at this point, that dream seems all but impossible.
I have to do my education credits and renew my license, but there is a part of me that is legitimately wondering, why bother.
Someone said to me the other day, "a masters degree is the new BSN."
I told them that to spend another dime on a useless degree was completely out of the question.
Is a masters degree really an option is one still has no real experience other then clinicals?
So at what point do you give up and move on to other things?
I would think that the more time i spend out of school without a nursing job, the more i become unemployable, the longer i will go without a nursing job, till there is no chance for any opportunities.
I really hate being negative, but after 2 years, i am tired.
Tired of all the lies i heard in school, tired of never being given an opportunity, tired of spending money, and tired of wasting my time.
Has anyone else ever gotten a job after a few years of being shot down?
Has anyone else abandoned nursing altogether because of the job market?
Is Grad school the only option?
Jan 26, '12
You don't give up. It's a new year and a new business quarter with (hopefully) a better outlook.
I have been looking for about 15 months and just got hired last week. Now, I've got 12 years ICU experience, but it's been hell for me as well. I was driving an hour, one way, for interviews and ready to expand that out to an hour and a half plus expand into the next state, but out of the blue my luck has changed. Eventually, it will for you as well. It will still be over a month until my first paycheck, so it's still PB&J for breakfast, Mac 'n Cheese for supper, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Quitters never win and winners never quit!
Last edit by Biffbradford on Jan 26, '12
Never heard of dialysis, private duty, or public health for that matter hiring new grads.
In my area, dialysis requires 2+ years medsurg or preferably ICU experience. Public health would like ER experience, and private duty means you are gonna handle and are solely responsible for a medically fragile individual - your experience will be questioned at length if not the agency, by the family. The red cross often wants people who are ER or disaster trained ( I used to have an interest and occasionally looked at their website and found absolutely nothing that wasn't of a field experienced type position).
To make you feel better OP, I am in the Chicago area and I've met many who've never worked as RNs and are at the 2 year mark. Many, many more who have had crappy first jobs and are always on the prowl for something better - some at the breaking point of wanting out of nursing altogether due to this. I'll say I've interviewed and worked for some nutjobs, myself and probably will not renew my compact license. If something better came along I would not renew my home state license.
I suggest you look into peripheral jobs. I don't know if you have another degree or not, but try and push that for interviewing instead of nursing because a nursing degree, as you have found out, is worth very little. Hospitals are sort of on the outs for nurses for many reasons, so look into what edu and skills you have and just add the nursing as a sideline when you interview.
Last edit by netglow on Jan 26, '12
Hang in there and keep your head up. Your day will come! Keep plugging, keep applying, and stay positive. If what you are doing now is not working, change it up.You know the definition of insanity right? So if what you are doing is not working, try a new strategy. I have found my classmates to be very helpful for networking, many of them got jobs before me. When you are new you have to take anything you can get. You do not have to stay forever, but it is easier to find a job when you have one. Can you get a job as a Unit Secretary while you look? Something in a hospital or healthcare facility?
And for the record, you never quit trying!
Last edit by beeker on Jan 26, '12