STILL don't have a job?? Vent here! - page 19

Hi all! I've been on this site for a while now, but haven't posted much. however, i feel like it'll just make me (and hopefully a few others) feel a bit better about this whole job situation if we... Read More

  1. by   Gennaver
    Quote from blackkat312
    Chicago is no better. I am at my wits end applying to nearly every hospital in a 60 miles radius of Chicago. Sent about 60 applications, recommendation letters, transcripts, not a single interview!!! I too graduated in May, BSN with honors from a top nursing school, passed NCLEX with 75 questions, have nurse intern, tech and a ton of volunteering experience. Its even worse when I hear about so many of my classmates getting jobs at the places that denied me . I don't know what to do, but I am considering waitressing or bartending so I can make a little money...;(
    Hi,
    I'm in Texas now as an Army nurse and am from Chicago. I left Chicago in summer of 2007 as a new grad who was hired pre-NCLEX by West Suburban hospital and also by UIC hospitals, (let that one go, it was first as a student intern but, midnights & school don't go well for me.) At that time nearly all my classmates had jobs too...what happened up there since then? Yikes!

    There are so many hospitals...dag, they stopped hiring? Phew.

    Thing is, in this spring, both my sister and brother lost their steady, stable jobs. Made me first think, "glad I am a nurse..." then I realized that it might be, "glad that I am a military nurse."

    I really feel for you!! What a painful spot to be in, first of all as a new grad with all the anxst from that then to top it off, to have to struggle to find a nurse job! Oh dear. Oh boy. I hope it gets better, or that you can relocate to where it is.

    If I remember right there has been a notorious nurse-blocking-united front among hospitals in Chicago and in California that have been affiliated with each other for more than a decade or so. Could this be a factor too?

    Gen/Jen
  2. by   DestinedRN09
    Sighh, so I finally got a call from a hospital they were willing to offer me an interview which would take place on Tuesday (day after MLK) and its on a whole different coast. So despite all of that I was definitely willing to go, in order to be granted the interview I had to complete an assessment with situational and personality questions. So I took the test and I did not pass.

    So now I feel sooo stupid, I know others who applied and passed this silly test and its like wow, not only do I feel stupid, but I also feel like I should have known the answers! I was soooo close to an interview for a new grad position with a very prestigious hospital on an ICU floor= My dreams!

    So I have a question: How are you staying abreast on information during this break of employment?
  3. by   rksgray13
    I'm in this boat too. I have been an LPN since 2001 and graduated RN school this past December. I will take boards in a few short weeks. I have applied and applied with no avail. 1 call back that I missed but promptly returned her call to get a voicemail without a call back, again. I have nursing experience but not as a RN. I am so frustrated I would cry seriously. I don't know what to do. I am ready to work. I need money. I get that same stupid statement too. "Nurses are in demand". BS! I applied to a hospital as an LPN and they said they couldn't hire me because I don't have the expierence. what the? How am I supposed to get the expeirence then? I have worked in LTC, home health, and clinics just not in hospitals. Relocation is not an option for us right now. I have 2 small kids so times to work are slim because of daycare. I have even been willing to drive an hour and a half to work in a hospital as long as I work.

    I have many friends from school that have jobs. They are getting hired when I'm not! I don't get it. I secretly get angry when they tell me the news but I am really happy that they got the job. I just wish it were me too.I work through an agency now as a LPN until I get a permanent job as a RN in a hospital. It's just not enough. I want more.

    This economy blows.
  4. by   Thank_You_RNs
    To rksgray13: Maybe the reason your friends got hired is because they have connections inside where they're applying too. Who knows? It make a big difference.

    To all:
    1. How many here graduated without a job for over a year now? What have you guys been doing since then (besides looking for job)?
    2. How many hospitals or LTC have you applied so far? How many interviews (if any)
    3. How many here still have school loans they have to pay?
    4. How many here are single, married, married with kids?
    5. Seriously, if you know that nursing would be like this, would you still have gone to nursing school?
  5. by   JulieCVICURN
    I just happened into this thread out of curiosity. Three years ago, when I graduated from nursing school the job market was changing quickly. The year before, recruiters would practically be lined up at the door waiting to grab the new grads. The year I graduated, the teachers were advising us to apply early if we wanted the best jobs. I applied in January and got the ICU job I wanted four months before graduation. I'm lucky I didn't graduate two years later. I know the job market out there is extremely tough right now.

    I would suggest that what might help is to have someone look at your resume and see if it needs polishing, and that you practice interviewing with someone who can tell you what you're doing wrong. Even if you're doing nothing wrong, it can only help to polish your presentation and look more professional. I know it's not a catchall, and what good does it do when you don't even get an interview? But it's a step, even if it's not a huge one.

    Good luck to all of you, and don't give up. I think that when the country begins to recover economically for real, instead of just in the media, a wealth of nursing jobs is going to open up. You just have to persevere!
  6. by   JulieCVICURN
    Quote from rksgray13
    I have many friends from school that have jobs. They are getting hired when I'm not! I don't get it. I secretly get angry when they tell me the news but I am really happy that they got the job. I just wish it were me too.I work through an agency now as a LPN until I get a permanent job as a RN in a hospital. It's just not enough. I want more.
    Once some of them have been employed long enough to be considered trusted, can't they help you get into their places of employment? I can't understand friends not trying to help friends.
  7. by   LoriNJ
    I was so upset today... I've been working at a department store while looking for a nursing job and one girl I work with turned and asked me, "Aren't you not technically a nurse, cause you haven't worked as one yet?"

    My jaw DROPPED. I spent how long in school, studied my butt off and passed my boards. I AM an RN. It was just so discouraging to hear her say that. It's not like I don't want to be working!
  8. by   whodatnurse
    Quote from LoriNJ
    I was so upset today... I've been working at a department store while looking for a nursing job and one girl I work with turned and asked me, "Aren't you not technically a nurse, cause you haven't worked as one yet?"

    My jaw DROPPED. I spent how long in school, studied my butt off and passed my boards. I AM an RN. It was just so discouraging to hear her say that. It's not like I don't want to be working!
    I don't know ('cause I wasn't there) if she was taking a little dig at you or was simply clueless about how she came across...but I would just let it roll off my back if I were you. A neat thing about being a nurse is that no matter WHAT you do...for the rest of your life you ARE a nurse. You could be working as a congresswoman (hey...she's a nurse!), or a lawyer (hey, he's a nurse!), and you're STILL a nurse. There aren't all that many professions where you ARE something if you aren't currently working in that field. They wouldn't identify either of the aforementioned as BEING a retail store manager after they had long ceased to do that.

    It's cool to BE a nurse...and you ARE!
  9. by   LoriNJ
    Aww thankss! You just put a smile on my face!

    I am so happy to be in this profession, what other one would be this supportive!
  10. by   DestinedRN09
    Quote from Thank_You_RNs
    To rksgray13: Maybe the reason your friends got hired is because they have connections inside where they're applying too. Who knows? It make a big difference.

    To all:
    1. How many here graduated without a job for over a year now? What have you guys been doing since then (besides looking for job)?
    2. How many hospitals or LTC have you applied so far? How many interviews (if any)
    3. How many here still have school loans they have to pay?
    4. How many here are single, married, married with kids?
    5. Seriously, if you know that nursing would be like this, would you still have gone to nursing school?
    1. It will be one year in May, I have been working PRN for a home health agency doing pca assessments for clients (paperwork )
    2. Too many to count, I've been applying for a year now, hospitals nursing homes and agencies everywhere
    3. I have alot of loans out, currently deferred Thank God!
    4. Single, no children
    5. Yes, I would have, I think I would have been smarter while in school. Doing internships (it wasnt a requirement in school), networking, and working for a hospital while in school.
  11. by   Laboratorian
    I'll be sure to find and post a link for this but those who are out of work, there are organizations that you can volunteer for and get $$$$ knocked off your student loans.
  12. by   JenniferSews
    Does anyone have any tips on dealing with depression from all this? I keep applying but even the number of places I can put in an application (meaning it doesn't say NO NEW GRADs or 1+yr exp REQUIRED) is dwindling every day. I'm feeling defeated and I can barely function. It takes everything I have just to make some lunch, and there are way too many days I turn on the tv for my 2 yo and 3.5 yo because I can't force myself to do anything more. Every day I search and I feel worse and worse. I'm lost.
  13. by   DestinedRN09
    Quote from JenniferSews
    Does anyone have any tips on dealing with depression from all this? I keep applying but even the number of places I can put in an application (meaning it doesn't say NO NEW GRADs or 1+yr exp REQUIRED) is dwindling every day. I'm feeling defeated and I can barely function. It takes everything I have just to make some lunch, and there are way too many days I turn on the tv for my 2 yo and 3.5 yo because I can't force myself to do anything more. Every day I search and I feel worse and worse. I'm lost.
    I honestly have my days where I feel depressed and defeated also. Some tips I have would be play with your children, spend time doing mindless things, and most importantly pray! I surf the Internet or YouTube for a good laugh, play with my dog, and fall on my knees every night. I know God will bring me out of this and we all will find a job sooner or later.

    Hope that helps! Stay positive and blessed :0)

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