UPDATE: I did end up being offered a volunteer RN position with a crisis pregnancy center here in Houston. Even though it's a non-paid position and not acute care, I decided to take it. Plus, they grabbed me up as soon as they could, and couldn't understand why with my educational background I wasn't being offered anything in the hospitals. My director's exact words, " Your portfolio is AMAZING! You aren't getting hospital positions?!? Well their loss and our indcredable gain!" I plan on volunteering with them for a few months while I continue to job hunt. At the least, it gets me out of the house, and I'm able to utilize my some of my nursing skills. I was told that after a few months of volunteering, I will become eligible for a paid staff position with them.
So, maybe the hospital is just not where I'm meant to start out or be right now.
I have a feeling God knows what he's doing, and my getting turned away from my interview was a blessing in disguise (even though I for the life of me couldn't understand why at the time.) My husband and I just actually found out we are expecting our first child!! If I had actually been interviewed by St. Luke's and offered the GN position, I would be working 12 hour shifts around God only knows what type of bacteria and germs, and killing my back while I'm pregnant. Likely, I wouldn't have been given much time off when my baby is set to arrive in April because I wouldn't have a full year in to earn good maternity leave. At the crisis pregnancy center that I volunteer at, It was hugs all around and lots of support when I told my director and nurse manager I was expecting. They immedatly told me that they wanted me to modify or just not do some nursing skills all together (like lifting heavy objects, or handling urine for clients pregnancy tests) because the most important thing is my and the baby's safety. I hardly doubt I would have this level of consideration when working in a hospital, esp. when it comes to patient transfers and lifts in med/surg.
So, I guess even the most heartbreaking event can have a positive outcome.
Don't give up or lose hope GN's! We are needed, and some actually understand that! Even if it's not in the hospitals right now. Let's face it, the hospitals are digging their own grave right now by not hiring new to replace the old. I feel that in a couple of years they will have no choice but to start hiring any RN that walks through the door due to poor burnt out RN's who refuse to stay any longer. Keep moving forward!