I was Navy Corpsman wit 2 tours in Iraq and still can't get anyone around Dallas to hire me. I am more than sure i have at least trauma II experience but no one ever picks me up. I am starting to doubt my career path and wish i would have just tried to be a Paramedic.
Anyone else have the same problem?
Jul 27, '12
by not.done.yet, MSN, RN Guide
What kind of nurse are you, RN (and which kind, ASN or BSN) or LPN? Or are you a CNA? Where and what types of jobs are you applying for? What types of connections do you have and are you using them? How long have you been out of the military and what kind of discharge did you recieve? When was your last experience as a nurse?How long ago did you graduate? How are you in interviews? What does your resume look like?
The market for LPNs in this area is horrible. CNAs are having a tough time finding positions because student nurses are pretty much climbing over one another to get one of these spots during school so they have a better chance of employment after graduation. It is pretty cut throat.
For RNs, the DFW market is tough right now, but places are hiring for experienced nurses. If you are experienced but getting no bites, have someone take a look at your resume and cover letter and give you feedback. Also note that many local hospitals are no longer hiring two year RNs even with experience. Also those without inside connections, even with excellent credentials, often get lost in the modern application methods of sending resumes through the internet. These days it is all about who you know that can separate your application out from the herd.
If you are a new grad RN, you are in a very, very tight market in which new grads are taking 6 months to 1 year to find their first nursing job and most are not finding them at a hospital. DFW hospitals hire new grads only through internships for the most part and those happen twice a year - June and January. Hiring and interviewing for those start about three months beforehand. A few (VERY few) hospitals post an internship for an off time of year once in a while.
Last edit by not.done.yet on Jul 27, '12