I recently relocated to the Hampton Roads area and I'm having the hardest time getting an interview. I don't know what to think... I have 7 years experience (in a specialty area), I'm certified (in that specialty), and have a BSN. I'm also currently pursuing my MSN. I've applied to two positions in my specialty(I figure it would be easier since most of my experience is in this area). I received a call from the nurse recruiter on the first try and was told my information would be forwarded to the hiring manager and at least 2 of my references would be called. To my surprise, none of my reference were called and when I checked the status of the job, there was a blurb stating someone else's qualifications matched their needs rather than mine. I thought I met all of the qualifications but I guess someone else's were better. I figured I'd at least get an interview. NOPE!!!!
I applied for another position (same specialty, same hospital)... this one part-time (I figure something is better than nothing). The same day I applied, the status of the job change stating someone else's qualifications matched their needs. What other qualifications do I need????
Has anyone else experience this?
Oct 8, '12
by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
Quote from AndyRN
No I haven't... I recently applied for a VA license and itwas at that time I found out that my Texas license was inactive and has beensince Aug 18. So, I've been without an active license for 1 1/2 months. I'm sure that's why I didn't get theinterview (I just wish someone would have at least asked if I was aware of it).I spoke with someone at the Texas BON asking why my license was inactive sincethey were good through Sept 2013. I was told that once I updated my address toa Virginia address that automatically made my Texas license go inactive. THATIS JUST CRAZY!!! And makes no sense what so ever. I explained that at the timeI updated my address, I hadn't applied for VA license. I was told "itdoesn't matter, you are now a VA residence and you must apply for VA license” oop: While I do understand you can only hold onecompact state licensure, my Texas license should have been change to a singlestate instead of becoming inactive. I applied for VA licensure Sept 26 andreceived them in less than a week. I have applied to another job; just waitingto see what happens.
Thanks for the concerns.
That is a common misconception regarding compact licenses. A compact license isn't the equivalent of having a license in each compact state. The reality is that you hold only one license and that is in the state of your residence, but as long as you live in your state of licensure
, you are allowed to work in any of the other compact states. In your case, your TX license would have let you work in VA provided you lived in TX and commuted to VA. Once you moved, you had to switch your state of licensure.
To be honest, your TX license being inactive probably was not a factor in your not getting interviews. You didn't have a VA or NC license (closest compact state that could commute to HR) and that's probably what hurt your chances. A TX compact license wouldn't mean much to a VA hospital unless you were a short-term travel nurse (as in 30 days or less).
I don't know why they don't revert the license of the old state to a single-state license. When I moved from a compact state to a non-compact state, my compact license reverted to single state with no problem, so it doesn't make a lot of sense that they don't do that. I can't work in the compact state that is next to me, but oh well.
Hope things turn around for you soon!
Last edit by Meriwhen on Oct 8, '12