Hello all. I am a new grad nurse, graduated from a university with my BSN in May 2012. I got my RN in August and since then I waited to apply for jobs until December. My husband is in the military and was deployed and I had my daughter, which is why I waited. I have been turned down by 4 major hospitals and I'm currently waiting to hear back from one other one. The fact that I haven't been able to land a job until now- is it due to me putting off getting a job? I know it has been almost a year since I graduated. It is so frustrating because it's been 2 months since my first interview (I had 2 interviews) with the hospital I'm waiting to hear from and the recruiter keeps telling me "We will be making our final decision this week and we'll know our selections at the end of the week. We'll be in touch with you as soon as we have more information." But it has been THREE weeks since they first said that and they still have not gotten back to me! Some people have told me that they think that's good because at least they haven't called me to tell me I wasn't selected. But I don't know. It's not fair because I just want to know if they don't want me! I have a hearing impairment so I really wouldn't be surprised if they waited all this time and then told me "Sorry, you weren't selected." I feel bad because I've been ON them - calling and emailing probably once a week, just to get the same response back... I don't want to push them away but at the same time, I don't want them to forget me. In the meantime, I've applied to other facilities and gotten in touch with a recruiter at another hospital. I know I can't twiddle my thumbs while I wait for that hospital to get back to me.
I guess this is a vent in a way. I'm starting to believe there is NO such thing as a "nursing shortage." There are so many jobs out there but they all want nurses with experience... of which I have none. There are so many new nurses out there now, with nursing schools pumping out nurses. But with no experience, we need to be trained. I want to be trained and do my job well! If anyone has advice or thoughts, I'd appreciate it. Thanks!
Rabid, thanks for your comment. I got a call yesterday and was turned down by the hospital so that's out of the question. I've come to the conclusion that once they realize I'm hearing impaired and can't speak on the phone, they refuse to hire me. They give me interviews because they probably want to keep up the appearance that they're not discriminating, but then they don't hire me and give no reason (it's illegal to not hire someone based on disability).
Do you like home health? Do you feel that you were trained enough, as a new grad? My parents' next door neighbor is an executive of a home health company... I was considering turning to her to see if she could get my foot in the door at least. After all, she did tell my parents to send me over once I finished nursing school. But what I'm most nervous about is being out of nursing for almost a year and not being trained enough to work on my own, as is what home health entails. There's also the hearing impairment issue. I do have a digital stethoscope but I still need practice with it, and what if there is an emergency? The fact that hospitals have safety in numbers is comforting to me. But no one seems to want to hire me. I should also mention that I worked as a nurse tech for a year while I was in nursing school. They really doubted me during the interview but the supervisor went out on a limb and hired me - on the spot! I went on to be successful in that job and they provided me with some accommodations (ie. a pager). At this point I'm aching to get my foot in the door but at the same time I'm worried that it might be more than I can handle, as a new grad and a hearing impaired nurse. If I can't find a job as a nurse, I'll probably have to give up on nursing altogether. Then I don't know what I'll do.
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