I graduated with a BSN Degree from a foreign country in 2001. I came down here in California right after my graduation and was hired as an IPN. I completed my orientation and was ready to be trained for bed-side nursing and stuff. But I found out that I was not elligible for the IPN Certification since I never had a licensure in the country where I graduated from. The hospital that hired me offered me a per diem CNA position for the mean time and I accepted. I worked there for 7 months but I was relocated to NC. I stopped working for a while. I got married and had a baby. I went back to CA in 2003 but I wasn't ready to take the board yet. I worked as an Admin. Assistant for 3 months. Then I've decided to stop working for a while and concentrate in my review and be a Nurse. I passed te Board after few months of self-review (It took me a while 'coz I have a baby). Now I applied at the hospital which is 15-20 minutes away from us. I gave my resume to the recruiter, she scanned it for 10 seconds and talked with me.
She said that she wouldn't consider me as a new grad since I graduated in 2001 and in a FOREIGN country. She told me that I am going to have a hard time competing with their experienced nurses and new grads. I even told her that I am a competent person, graduated as a Valedictorian, with Best in Clinical Award as well as Leadership Award. And I would do whatever it takes to learn what I have to learn in their facilities. Then she was trying to find out how many times did I try to take the NCLEX which I think is unnecessary to ask. I told her the info above. She then told me that even if worked in a foreign country as an RN, she certainly thinks that I would have a hard time working there 'coz I wan't trained there as a student nurse. :angryfire
Sorry, this is a long thread, I feel so down.
Anyway, that's not the only employer that I was looking forward to work for/with. It's just not fair being treated that way.
PS: The recruiter is from a different hospital other than the one who hired me in 2001.