i graduated in december from an accelerated second degree bsn program. my last semester of nursing school was really intense, and i was more concerned about graduating than finding a job. so, i decided to graduate, study for nclex, pass, and then worry about a job. i did just that. passed nclex in early february, and thought finding a job would be a snap since i was now a licensed rn with a bsn. plus, i was always told bsn’s are in high demand, and was lead to believe by the dean of my university that second degreed bsn’s would have no issues finding employment.
this is further from the truth. i am no better off than any other nursing grad despite the second bachelor's degree. i have applied everywhere, and have only gotten a response from methodist in the med center. unfortunately,the recruiter was only calling to tell me that she liked my resume, gpa, and passion, but she didn’t have any positions in my interest area (women’s services). she did tell me that she was going to place me on a list for if and when a position opens up in the nicu or l&d.
i walked into christus st. catherine’s hr office in person to inquire about gn internships. i live in katy, and would love to work right down the road from my home. i was told that the christus st. catherine gn internship program had been suspended due to budget cuts. she did tell me to apply for positions anyway, because they would never place any nurse, experienced or not so experienced, by them self in a new position. there is always a training period regardless of experience. i applied to a nursery/level ii nicu position with christus, and did get an e-mail today telling me to complete paperwork for a background check. they could do this for every candidate, but hoping at the very least it means they are interested in extending an interview to me. fingers crossed...
other places i have applied, but have yet to hear anything despite my relentless phone calls to recruiters: west houston, st. luke’s, methodist sugar land, memorial hermann, the women’s hospital, and southhealth. i’m still waiting on texas children’s to open up their gn internship.
my advice, just be persistent, and don’t give up hope. although i don’t like to hear it, i’ve been told it’s very common for new grads to search for several months before finding something. out of 45 graduates from my program, 85% of us still haven’t found jobs 4 months later. sad, but makes me realize i'm not alone.