I got a job!!!took 3.5 years!

  1. 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.
    Last edit by Joe V on Mar 12, '14 : Reason: replaced font
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  2. 40 Comments

  3. by   CrazyGoonRN
    Congratulations!!!
  4. by   caliotter3
    Now this is good news! Best wishes in your new position!
  5. by   annie.rn
    That is FANTASTIC!! Congratulations! You have a lot to be proud of and if you tackle this new job with the same determination you did your job hunt I can't imagine you not doing well.
  6. by   inchii
    Congratulations! That would be an inspiration for other new grads!
  7. by   Preemie 2 RN
    Congrats!!
  8. by   meanmaryjean
    Good for you!
  9. by   nursefrances
    Congratulations!!!
    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
  10. by   Esme12
    Congratulations!
  11. by   BrandonLPN
    You're going to have to change your userID now.
  12. by   Been there,done that
    SOOO happy for you! Good luck... let us know how it's going.
  13. by   Bubbles
    Good for you!! I am wondering if there are others with similiar stories.
  14. by   RituK
    Congratulations! You are a good inspiration for all of us. May God give you success. All the very best.

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