My Story in bullets:
* Graduated w/ BSN 2010>>>>passed NCLEX>>>officially an RN
* Applied for every RN position I could, including SNF/LTC positions
* Tried to join military after being told by EVERYONE the following:
1. "1-2 years acute care experience required"
2. "Experienced RN'S only"
3. "NO NEW GRADS"
4. "Sorry, we are presently not accepting New Grad Nurses"
5. "NEW GRADS NEED NOT APPLY"
* Failed Military physical and was denied waiver. (early 2012)
I was devastated; Needless to say that I became severely depressed. I went through phases of severe depression followed by furious attempts to attain an RN position--anywhere. The same story kept repeating with the same result--me feeling worthless, rejected, inferior, jealous, resentful etc. . .
I didn't give up. I always threatened to, but just couldn't. I kept applying---kept trying. I am pleased to say that I ACCECPTED AN RN POSITION this week. I start next week at a skilled nursing facility.
It took almost 4 years. What a strange trip it has been. I can not even begin to describe the depths of despair I suffered over the last 4 years. Self-hatred, depression, suicidal ideation etc. However. . ..through that I have changed.
I am so humbled and grateful for the opportunity that my graduating class would have scoffed at just 4 years ago. Am I nervous?? GOD YES! I have not assessed a pt. in almost 4 years. But, I know I can do it. It will be rough I know. . ..but I can do it.
Doing a happy dance for you:
Your diligence certainly has paid off, good for you for hanging in there. Good luck to you as you begin your nursing career. Keep us posted.
Last edit by nursefrances on Mar 7, '14