I wanted to take a few minutes and reach out to those students that are nearing the end of the torture called nursing school
. I graduated in July and like most of you have probably already heard, the job market is tough. I live down in South Florida and it is NO JOKE! So I figured, based on the experience I have had, that I wanted to give those students that are about to jump into their leadership/practicum a tidbit of advice...MAKE YOUR CONNECTIONS THERE!!
Bring out all you got, give it your ultimate best, and get to know everyone you can while you are in that leadership/practicum rotation. That is going to help you out so much more than you know. Here's my story...I am fascinated by the ER. So when leadership came around, I begged my professor to let me do it in the ER. I busted my butt there and really opened myself up to learning everything I could from the staff. There was no task I said no to. I also made sure to bond with them and become part of the crew. I finished school and the job market of course, was horrendous. I sent out literraly over 100 applications in a matter of 2 weeks after I passed boards...everywhere from South Florida to Central Florida. Lord and behold...I got a call from my preceptor last week. He told me there was a position in the ER at night and he wanted me to apply and put him as a reference. He said in his 10 years working he never referred anyone but that I did so well in my practicum and was so driven that he would refer me. I got the job...I am a new grad that just got hired as an ER nurse. So to you my friends that are about to take that final step...make it your own!! Use that as your crutch to get a job when you are done.
To those of you that have already finished and are looking...don't give up. I did get lucky and blessed with the opportunity I have been given but the day after I got hired I already had 3 other interviews set up that I canceled. I would send out applications day in and day out. I sat in front of my computer like if it was my job to look for a job. I would Google "hospitals in Dade County", then move to "hospitals in Broward County", and so forth and down the list I would go. I would send packets with my cover letter, resume, letters of recommendations, copies of license/certs and mail them to the hospitals and put attn: HR Nursing Recruitment. It worked...sometimes I got calls from those recruiters telling me they really don't have an opening at the moment but that they wanted to take a minute to compliment me on my hard work in finding a job and that they would definitely keep me in mind.
Don't give up guys! If you have the drive, you'll get what you want.