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I graduated Nursing school in Aug 2013 and took my nclex Feb 2014. I passed nclex the first try and have had my License until now without a job. I live in Long Beach, CA and I apply everywhere. I fear my License will expire before I even get a job. HELP! Did I waste my money? I'm paying students loans on a career I feel isn't worth it. I'm so discouraged, I have a great heart and I am smart. I know I will make a good nurse if someone just gives me a chance. I apply everywhere, I spend countless hours at the library applying and I am just getting more discouraged by the day.

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience.

Can you move out of California?

vintagemother, ADN, CNA, LVN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Psych, Geri, LTC, Tele.

The market in northern CA has proven itself to be good for me and my classmates as new grad lvns. Snfs, clinics, assisted living, psych were areas in which I and my classmates found work. Pay ranged from 16-29/hr. Typical being low 20s.

By north, I mean the capital region, not the Bay and not Humboldt😉

Are you keeping your options open? When I say options open, I mean to any place including snf? But don't be discouraged. It took me about 5 months before I landed my first job. Think positive and continue to apply. You can also try walking/going in to facilities to apply. Sometimes, that helps, too. Keep your chin up. Someone will give you a chance.

xxMichelleJxx

Has 4 years experience.

I graduated Nursing school in Aug 2013 and took my nclex Feb 2014. I passed nclex the first try and have had my License until now without a job. I live in Long Beach, CA and I apply everywhere. I fear my License will expire before I even get a job. HELP! Did I waste my money? I'm paying students loans on a career I feel isn't worth it. I'm so discouraged, I have a great heart and I am smart. I know I will make a good nurse if someone just gives me a chance. I apply everywhere, I spend countless hours at the library applying and I am just getting more discouraged by the day.

Hi! I'm sorry that you've been having difficulty in your job search. I agree with the previous poster. Are you keeping your options open? Or are you only applying to positions that interest you? I know everyone has that "dream" nursing job that they want. Unfortunately, obtaining that position as a new grad can be difficult. You should keep your options open and apply everywhere. From my experience here in NY, LPNs are usually hired in LTC facilities (Nursing Homes). Have you tried applying there? Also, try to print out your resume and cover letter and go to the nursing homes around your area and ask to fill an application out. Some may say that you need to fill it out online; although others will let you fill it out.

Also, have you looked into volunteering? Have you looked into nurse externship programs? These can all help to boost your resume. Also, on your resume as a new nurse, you should include your clinical rotations on it since that is hands on patient care experience you have. I would be more than willing to look over your resume for you if you would like.

You should use all the job search websites to apply. Apply using the following sites: CareerBuilder, Monster, Craigslist, Indeed, Jobs.com, Linkedin, AllNurses (they have a job section on the top right hand corner). Apply everywhere, even in positions that don't really interest you so much. Its really important to begin working and gaining experience as a LPN so that you can have it on your resume. Once you have actual working experience, it will be a bit more easier to find a job. Also, when submitting your application; make sure you have a very good cover letter to go along with it.

Good luck on your job search! I wish you all the best!

nursefromcali

Specializes in Ambulatory, Corrections, SNF, LTC, Rehab. Has 6 years experience.

Try revised your resume or let some one overlook it. Sometimes 1st step in interview is a impressive resume and powerful and tons of applications whether online or online application.

Hey Depressed Nurse

I too am from long beach Ca

I took the Nclex yesterday and I got the good pop up so I am hoping this means I passed

About your situation I was just on indeed.com and there were a few options to try and apply to

Also consider traveling if this is an option such as surrounding cities

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

Are you keeping your options open? When I say options open, I mean to any place including snf?
SNFs/nursing homes in LA & Long Beach (the OP's location) have been requiring one year of experience for the past few years. There are consequences to remaining in an area that is saturated with too many nurses, and not being able to find a job is one of them.

HI there. I was in the same state you were. I was 6 months in after I gotten my license and still no job where as my classmates were all working already. BUT I was volunteering at an acute facility for a 2 years already. I've applied to multiple places and they all wanted a year experience. All of a sudden the boss at the place I was volunteering told me to apply for the job they just posted and got hired 2 days later. Volunteering is a great way to build connections and potentially get you that job you need.

Contact some of your classmates that are currently employed as nurses. Coming from the west coast I know that you sometimes need an "in" and I had to get two of my classmates jobs after we got out of school. Call and follow up on your applications too.

Contact some of your classmates that are currently employed as nurses. Coming from the west coast I know that you sometimes need an "in" and I had to get two of my classmates jobs after we got out of school. Call and follow up on your applications too.

This post is true!

This may only work with NP positions but after about 20 applications, I finally got a full time NP job through networking with my other NP friends.

Other posters are right, someone will give you a chance... Just don't give up!

for LTC apply on mondays or tuesdays in person. dress nice and be friendly to the receptionist. when the DON arrives back from her weekend she finds a pile of incident reports, family complaints and whatever else went wrong while she was gone.she/he may decide the facility really does need more staff or that the person who called out yet again needs to go at last. hey, it worked for me a few times good luck.

Best way to start is to go through home health (for the experienced). There are a lot of home health listings online. Good Luck!

Think positive,apply. Along with resume bring at least 2 letters of recommendation. Have confidence in your self. I'm in inland empire, graduated at same time you did. My first job started May 2014, my second job and hopefully the one I'll retire from started April 2015. I'm a full time LVN at Kaiser, and super proud of my self. Always pray, God will is always listening. Good luck.

CalNevaMimi, LPN, LVN

Specializes in DD, PD/Agency Peds, School Sites.

I just checked EdJoin.org and there are open positions for school site LVNs. I work in a beautiful area of CA and we use EdJoin to advertise when we need an LVN. Hardly anyone applies. Seriously. I don't get it -- with so many people looking for jobs.

Hi! Come here in LA we are looking for LVN

Don't be discouraged! I graduated in Canada as an LPN September 2013 and finally got my first job last month! I applied everywhere too and felt very discouraged at times but since I got my first job I have had 3 other opportunities present themselves as well! I couldn't believe it. I had nothing for so long and then all of a sudden I had my choice of jobs. The one thing I changed was that I began to apply in person. Shaking hands and making eye contact really does make more of an impact then a resume. I even went back to places that had denied me an interview in the past and told them I was still interested. It worked! They gave me a second chance. Don't give up, all you need is one open door. Good luck!

Natasha, CNA, LVN

Specializes in Psych. Has 1 years experience.

Have you looked into places you attend in your personal life such as doctors, etc? The reason I say this is because in may I had a visit to my GI doctor for lab test and in the bed with hospital gown and all I asked Are You Hiring? I met the boss and they said when I'm finish come back. You will find something soon. Hang in there :)