Cant find a job...


:confused: I graduated from my LPN program last July and passed my NCLEX in April of this year. I thought I would be able to find a job with little problem but I was WRONG! Job interview after job interview I was being turned down because I didnt have experience. Im stuck between a rock and a hard place. I worked hard to make it thru school and get my license but now I cant find a job. How can I gain experience if no one will hire me??? :cry:

kstec, LPN

483 Posts

Specializes in Geriatrics/Family Practice. Has 1 years experience.

Are there a lot of jobs available for LPN's in your area? If not, that could be the problem. A little advise from when I was in your shoes. Kill'em with your charm. Come across as confident, but not to confident. Convince then that you are worthy of the position. Somehow let them know that no you don't know everything and you don't have any experience but that you would be an excellent choice due to you being eager to learn and eager to take care of patients. Smile, be confident, because you know that you are confident in wanting to be a nurse. I wish you the best and don't get discouraged. Analyse your prior interviews and tweek them each time until someone is willing to give you a chance. Noone comes out of nursing school knowing everything, and even the most seasoned nurses are still learning.

Jules A, MSN

8,863 Posts

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

Are they asking why you waited so long to take NCLEX and start applying for jobs?


30 Posts

I had this same problem...everyone I spoke with said "sorry, we need experienced nurses". I'd ask how do I gain experience if no one will give me a job and one replied " honey, I'm sorry, I don't know." I agree with the last must appear confident and eventually someone will give you a chance. Please do not give up. You've come too far! Just hang in there. :banghead: I felt like I was banging my head against the wall, but I just knew I had to keep banging until the wall came can do it.:up:

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