Feeling discouraged about current job prospects

U.S.A. Minnesota


Hello all,

I am feeling very frustrated because of my lack of job opportunities as a RN. I have been a nurse now for about 2 years. I remember feeling on top of the world when I passed the NCLEX! I looked forward to my future in nursing and the doors that would open once I was finally a nurse. People always talk about how nursing is so versatile and that you have the opportunity to try many different areas of nursing until you find your niche. I feel as if I have not had many opportunities at all due to not being able to get hired at any jobs aside from home health and TCU/LTC. I worked in LTC/TCU for a year after graduating "to gain experience" but there was no on the job training at all and I felt as if Iwas thrown to the wolves! I have been in HH for a little over a year now. I like HH but I don't have benefits and feel as if I need something with a stable future. I have applied to hospital jobs, clinic jobs and have had a few interviews but have not been hired. I have applied with Allina,Healtheast, Fairview,Mayo, Healthpartners with no luck. I have an AD and I know this is not desired by hospitals or clinics. I want to go back to school and finish the BSN, but am worried that I still won't be able to land a decent nursing job even with the BSN! I feel like it's a gamble to go back to school when the job prospects have not been good so far. I would like to get hired with conditions to complete the BSN so that I know that I will have a job when I complete the BSN. I am feeling so defeated and don't know what to do. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Any one else in the same boat?

Sour Lemon

5,016 Posts

When you moved from LTC to home health, you moved further away from your ultimate goal. If you want to work in a hospital and none are calling, I'd suggest getting back into a SNF. You'll be at least a little more likely to be considered for acute care positions that way, especially after earning your BSN.

Ella26, BSN, RN

426 Posts

Specializes in Allergy and Immunology.

I am not in your same boat as I have no desire to work in a hospital or LTC facility. But, I will add that if you live in the twin cities, apply or try to find a job in a more rural area hospital. Work there for a year or two and then try to get into hospitals in the metro. I heard rural hospitals hire ADNs and don't have strict requirements about having a BSN.

Otherwise, just keep trying.


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Thanks for the replies. I have been thinking about going back to a SNF. I am hoping to find a nursing job that has some tuition assistance so that I can complete the BSN. I think my ultimate goal would be to work in a clinic vs a hospital but all of the jobs I find want clinic experience so I am not sure if having the BSN will make a difference or not. I guess I won't know until I do it!!

Ella26, BSN, RN

426 Posts

Specializes in Allergy and Immunology.

Good luck on your journey!


3 Posts

The struggle is real!

I passed the NCLEX almost six months ago and I am still trying to find employment. Try your best to remain positive and know there are plenty of us in the same position. You are not alone.

Specializes in ICU.

@scotchf you went to baptist in SATX, were you offered a position with Baptist Health System / Tenet


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Hi, I am a foreign graduate, BSN year 2009. I do not have solid hospital experience. HeRE in US (MN) , my experience is TCU for 15months. I applied at one of the healthpartners hospital here in MN. I was invited for interview (my first ever hospital interview) I answered 30 behavioral questions. I got an offer same day. Dont lose hope. Better pursue your BSN, keep working at TCU instead of LTC, doors will open for sure.

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