I am so tired of the same story over and over again! I am currently waiting to hear if I got accepted to nursing school for Spring 2012. However, a year ago, I got my CNA certification, EKG, PCT, and Phlebotomy certification, hoping that I would be able to get a job in a hospital to get some experience. I have submitted soooo many applications I've lost count. I was actively searching for jobs for about 6 months and stopped because school got demanding and I wanted to focus on doing well. Now that I have finished all my prerequisites, I have been actively trying to find a job since June. I have had a couple of phone interviews, but the same issue always comes up. I have no direct patient care experience. But wait....there's more. How am I going to get experience when no one will give me a chance. Even the LTC facilities in my area want someone with at least 6-12 months experience. I volunteer at 2 hospitals in my area, and hoped that would have helped, but it's not. One Nurse Manager even told me that she would love to hire me, and wishes she could create a admin position (I have a strong admin/paralegal background) so I could get my foot in the door, but because they are a smaller hospital, she can't take that risk. She told me to apply at bigger hospitals and see if I can gain experience there. So.....I've been applying to the bigger hospitals in the Atlanta area, and although they always have at least 10-15 postings for PCT/CNA's all the time, I can't seem to get a break. I don't know what else to do. How do I get experience when no one will hire me???????
Is there anyone in the ATL area that has had any success getting hired without having any experience and NOT being a current nursing student? I just feel that my experience along with others that I have met goes to show that the lovely saying, "It's not what you know, it's who you know" is so true.
Oct 2, '11
The phlebotomy, EKG and other certs probably arent helping you any, especially when applying for LTC jobs. Employers might be worried that you wont be satisfied with the job you took and you wont stay long. If a hospital or LTC just wants a CNA, they are going to hire the most qualified and experienced CNA they can find, training in other areas is probably irrelevant to them. If they dont have CNAs doing phlebotomy work and EKGs, then its not going to matter much to them if you have those certs, as they probably already have other experienced people doing those jobs.
The economy overall just sucks, and it filters down to all areas. Health care has become an overcrowded field because a lot of people moved into it when there was no longer a market for their previous skills and training. If there is still a shortage of RNs, I doubt there will be for long, since a LOT of people see that as one of the few jobs out there that still pays well and for which there will always be a demand. Its kind of sad, because a lot of these people are probably getting into Nursing for the wrong reasons.
Last edit by northernguy on Oct 2, '11
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