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Discouraged RN in Houston

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I graduated in May 2011 and passed NCLEX and got my license June 2011. Even with my license number I don't even get calls back for interviews. I will randomly get rejection emails, though. Why can't I find a job and is there any advice out there for someone who is broke =).

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

A nursing license number is no guarantee of a job in today's economy. Forget all of that hype about the 'nursing shortage,' because none exists. Houston is flooded with too many new grads and not enough jobs, so getting that first job is going to require lots of persistence and creativity on your part.

I would consider applying at the LTAC hospitals and rehab hospitals such as Triumph, Kindred, and Healthsouth. These places tend to be more open to hiring new grads. You have probably missed the boat on the June/July new grad internships at the major hospitals because you had to apply for these back in February and March for a decent chance at an interview.

Also, look at specialties where you probably do not want to work. Private duty, home health, LTC facilities/nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals, assisted living, clinics, and other workplaces outside the major hospitals are looking more promising for new grads with no experience. Good luck to you!

Thanks for the advice. =)... unfortunately I've applied at Triumph, Kindred and Healthsouth. I really wanted my first "nurse" job to be hospital but I'm thinking in 2 months if Im still jobless I'll apply for nursing homes and such. A job is a job. Houston is very flooded, but they don't tell you this when you first sign up for nursing school. Thanks!

NURSENANAJ

Specializes in med/surg.pediatrics. Has 40 years experience.

I graduated in May 2011 and passed NCLEX and got my license June 2011. Even with my license number I don't even get calls back for interviews. I will randomly get rejection emails, though. Why can't I find a job and is there any advice out there for someone who is broke =).

Many hospitals are in a money crunch right now you maynot get the dream job but keep putting out resumes and get your foot in the door. Don't give up it will be:nurse: worth it in the longrun.