For any nurse needing motivation here it is....I have gone through a lot to get here and I am finally here!!! To make a long story short, I graduated as an LVN in 2011. It was hard getting a job and my LVN school didn't help very much as I moved back home which was about 50 miles away. I worked so hard at getting my 1st LVN job. I was willing to do anything and I applied online, in person and called wherever I could. It was so hard and it didn't help that I live in Southern Cali where nurses are very easy to come by. I finally got a break but it was part time & hardly paying any bills. This is also considering I have approx 18 yrs of medical office exp. I waited so long to be a nurse and I wanted it so bad. I knew things would be tough but it was tougher than I ever expected. I worked at my old job as a Grievances & Appeals Nurse. This was a temp to perm position but it wasn't for me. I was back in a cubicle, sitting on my rump. So, not why I fought so dang hard to follow my dreams of becoming a nurse. I knew at 18 when working as a medical asst, that I wanted more. I wanted to hold your hand when you felt scared and I wanted to help anyone who needed it. Aside from working, I was busting my rump looking for a job that better suited my nursing needs. At the end of 2011 I applied at LA County and several months later, I got a letter that I passed!! I was happy but after calling the Nurse Recruitment office day in & day out, it got old fast. I can't tell you how many times I called and the recruiter told me they already received 300 resumes and I was too late. Eventually I gave up!!!! My mother & step mother gracefully passed away and they didn't raise me this way. I persevered and got a job at a psych facility. It was hard but I fell in love with my co-workers & patients. At this point, County or any job hunting was in the back of my mind. Out of the blue I called the Nurse Recruitment office @ County & was told there were 2 LVN I positions & if I wanted to go in to interview, I could. Since I didn't have to be at work till 3pm, it was managable. I interviewed with SDSU (Same Day Surgery Unit) & Med-Surg Telemetry. I just went to these interviews with the thought of "well at least I tried". A month later I received a phone call with an offer of the SDSU position. I cried on the phone & the mere thought brings me to tears today, as my 1st day is this coming Monday!!! It took almost exactly 1 year. The pay is OK but that is NOT why I became a nurse. I waited so long to follow my dreams (many obstacles getting here) & felt so surreal to be here. I wanted to share my story to ANY nurse who is in it for all the right reasons & feels he/she want to give up. You never know when your time will come & NEVER give up on yourself.