Why can't I get hired?

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    I am an Associates Degree nursing student between the 1st & 2nd year. I have 8 hospitals within a 30 mile radius of home and have applied for Patient Tech positions everywhere. The problem is...only 2 interviews in 3 months. I don't know what I'm doing wrong and am sooooo discouraged. This is a career change for me so I don't really have any "contacts" anywhere. Does anyone have ideas that will help me land a job?
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    I have overheard some Nurse Managers saying they do not like dealing with nursing students because they do not care about the job (they will be RN shortly) and they take off too much all the time. They get tired of listening to RNs complaining about no CNA and having to clean poop AND do paperwork/meds.

    It is also the summer. Folks get less sick and any hospital that is not a trauma center gets low census. CNA hiring is low in the summer.

    This economy does not help much, either, sometimes.

    This may be the case in your area.

    Try high turnover places like LTACs, Nursing Homes, and Rehab.
    judy37312 likes this.
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    I would hazard a guess that, as you will be an RN in a year, they think you won't be staying (especially if they only hire RNs who have BSNs). Perhaps don't tell people you are in nursing school but maybe it is a bit late for that.
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    The hospital in my area that hired me as a nurse extern stated they have not hired any PCTs or CNAs in over a year. Hiring freeze due to the economy. I am in the Dallas area, which has weathered the recession better than most states. So there is a good likelihood that facilities in your area either aren't hiring, or have incredible competition for the few openings they do have. In addition, your student nurse status means you will not be there long term as a tech. I would suggest you work hard to get into a nurse externship position. Many of the duties are the same as a tech, but it carries the expectation that you may be someone they want to hire when you graduate. I have found externship positions are not advertised. I got mine by calling and asking.
    judy37312 likes this.
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    Oh my, I could have written this...I have a previous degree as well BA, and entering second year of Nsg program...So many patient care techs, yet NO call...I was really wondering the same thing, why so hard to get hired? Most positions I applied for state certified nursing assistant or nursing student with at least one clinical rotation! So we cant hide that fact unfortunately!
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    Quote from Isitpossible
    Oh my, I could have written this...I have a previous degree as well BA, and entering second year of Nsg program...So many patient care techs, yet NO call...I was really wondering the same thing, why so hard to get hired? Most positions I applied for state certified nursing assistant or nursing student with at least one clinical rotation! So we cant hide that fact unfortunately!
    Same exact boat as you. I did get 1 interview and since I have a B.S., they drilled me about leaving when economy picked up.

    I explained to them that I would not be walking out of nursing school after working so hard on pre-reqs just to get in, then leave to go back to my old career. I told them I needed to work as PCT for 2 years.

    I didn't get job, and not getting any calls.
    judy37312 likes this.
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    I am looking for a job as a PCT for 2-3 months now. I can honestly say that I applied to 40+ jobs (with Advocate hospitals, Northshore University Healthcare System, Swedish Covenant......) And out of those countless applications I got 3 interviews (both with Northshore). I feel the same way you do! When I was taking CNA class all I could hear was that there is a shortage and getting a job would be very easy, they lied!!!!
    tsalagicara, classykaren, and judy37312 like this.
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    @CODADAN:

    what i dont understand about your interview, they were concerned about you leaving when economy starts to pick up (and at the rate this is going it will be YEARS!, side note)...but dont they realize once we get our degree, we will probably want to stay on as nurses...At least I know I do.. all the hospitals i applied to i would be willing to work as a nurse as well...I'm not going to just up and leave..ahhh frustrating very much
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    Thanks everyone for the info!! I have asked around, and found out more info for my area. One Nursing Recruiter I spoke with said that she had 120 applicants for one open position! Meanwhile, I have made friends with several nurses that will keep me posted of any upcoming positions, and will talk with their managers on my behalf. It sure does affect your confidence though when you apply for over 50 jobs and don't get ANY calls.
    classykaren likes this.
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    yes it does shake the confidence.. i even asked one hiring manager was there something wrong with my resume..she said no, nothing wrong at all..just to keep applying!! ughg..and for myself im applying for 3rd shift, which i imagine that most people would NOT want...good luck to us..no choice but to keep on trying!
    classykaren likes this.


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