New Grads, A Few Words of Encouragement - page 11

After reading so many threads here on allnurses.com about the hard times many new grads are having at getting jobs, I just wanted to share a few words of encouragement. My feelings go out to all... Read More

  1. by   Syobe77
    I got my Vocational Nursing License in the middle of June this year and since then I've been looking for a job but until now I still havent find one. I cant count anymore how many resumes and application forms I filled out. I got interviewed once and after the interview the HR manager told me that the opening is for LVN II. I feel so frustrated already. I sometimes feel like it wasn't worth the sacrifices that I did just to finish vocational nursing. I lost the good paying job that I had before and started working for minimum just to get thru nursing school. I kept on telling myself its a numbers game but its really getting into me. I know I am a good person and the reason why I took nursing is because I want to have a rewarding career. A career that will make me feels good because I know that I am helping people.
  2. by   EmilyLucille523
    Quote from Syobe77
    I got my Vocational Nursing License in the middle of June this year and since then I've been looking for a job but until now I still havent find one. I cant count anymore how many resumes and application forms I filled out. I got interviewed once and after the interview the HR manager told me that the opening is for LVN II. I feel so frustrated already. I sometimes feel like it wasn't worth the sacrifices that I did just to finish vocational nursing. I lost the good paying job that I had before and started working for minimum just to get thru nursing school. I kept on telling myself its a numbers game but its really getting into me. I know I am a good person and the reason why I took nursing is because I want to have a rewarding career. A career that will make me feels good because I know that I am helping people.

    I hear you completely. "BIG hugs". I also quit a very good paying job before going to nursing school. I went into nursing too to help and care for others, particulary to help the Hispanic patients who cannot speak our language. I had a friend whose father almost died because he went into shock because he didn't know what the signs of low blood sugar were. You know why? When the nurse discharged the him the first time she had given him the information in English! That is why I want to be a bilingual nurse and yet no one is hiring me in hospitals or clinics. Yes, there are jobs in long-term care but you tell me how many Hispanic residents you will see. Where I live there are none.

    I also sacrificed so much during school. Worked with a husband and 2 kids either part-time or per diem during school. Sacrficed time with my kids. My oldest of 7 yrs used to tell me all the time "Mommy, you can't play with me because you have to study too much"...it always broke my heart. Then my husband worked an overnight job and still managed to take care of the kids and take a few hours of sleep so I can study for tests and stuff. I always said to him that I would "pay" him back for all he had done when I started working full-time and he could cut down to a part-time day shift, but with me not getting a job he is still working overnights.

    All I can say is we'll hold on together. You, me, and all the other ones out there who did the same sacrifices. My instructor said she'd seen this overflooding of nurses before back in '93. She keeps telling me to give it a year and it will get better. I know most of us can't financially wait a year but I have high hopes someone will see our talents and give us a chance soon.

    May God be with us all and for those who don't believe in him, may the good fortune find you soon.
  3. by   EmilyLucille523
    Quote from EmilyLucille523
    I hear you completely. "BIG hugs". I also quit a very good paying job before going to nursing school. I went into nursing too to help and care for others, particulary to help the Hispanic patients who cannot speak our language. I had a friend whose father almost died because he went into shock because he didn't know what the signs of low blood sugar were. You know why? When the nurse discharged the him the first time she had given him the information in English! That is why I want to be a bilingual nurse and yet no one is hiring me in hospitals or clinics. Yes, there are jobs in long-term care but you tell me how many Hispanic residents you will see. Where I live there are none.

    I also sacrificed so much during school. Worked with a husband and 2 kids either part-time or per diem during school. Sacrficed time with my kids. My oldest of 7 yrs used to tell me all the time "Mommy, you can't play with me because you have to study too much"...it always broke my heart. Then my husband worked an overnight job and still managed to take care of the kids and take a few hours of sleep so I can study for tests and stuff. I always said to him that I would "pay" him back for all he had done when I started working full-time and he could cut down to a part-time day shift, but with me not getting a job he is still working overnights.

    All I can say is we'll hold on together. You, me, and all the other ones out there who did the same sacrifices. My instructor said she'd seen this overflooding of nurses before back in '93. She keeps telling me to give it a year and it will get better. I know most of us can't financially wait a year but I have high hopes someone will see our talents and give us a chance soon.

    May God be with us all and for those who don't believe in him, may the good fortune find you soon.

    UPDATE: After losing my home to a flash flood in IA, I had decided to try in NC again but in person, even though I had been denied many a times before because they "don't have any openings for New Grads right now."

    After a lot of hard work (networking and using connections) I'm ecstatic to inform you that I have gotten offered a full-time PCU position in a hospital in NC!!!

    Thank you all for your prayers! :bowingpur God is GRAND! Also, keep your head up and keep trying. I hope everyone of you find the job that is right for you soon!
  4. by   vickielabraque
    SURGERY
    My story was very similar to the original post. I also had to take a job in an area I did not want to stay in. Two years later I was hired in surgery. Surgery was my first love. The experiance I had working med-surg was a great asset in surgery. Things have changed. I work in a small rural hospital and of our nine surgery RN's, I am the second youngest at 50. I don't know if this is the same for other surgery's across the country but we desperatly need young RN's.
    Vickie from Bishop, CA
  5. by   Starbeck
    Quote from Jvalrn
    Hello there,
    I just decided to join AllNurses today because I'm feeling a bit lost. I'm graduating May 6th, and having a very difficult time finding a job in a hospital (as is everyone else). I've sent out tons of applications, and haven't gotten back a single phone call. I would like to specialize in the ER, but am willing to begin anywhere. I live in CT and want to relocate. I'm willing to move pretty much anywhere, but I'm not sure where the biggest nursing shortage is. Has anyone heard of any places that still have shortages?

    I would appreciate any advice. :icon_roll

    Thanks for listening,
    ~ Jaime
    Have you tried the military? Great benefits, especially retirement.
  6. by   nursenow
    I spent alot of years in the military and considering the changes made to their retirement policy, I dont recommend staying in for twenty years but for a young person wanting unbeatable nursing experinece and no looking for a job after school it is an excellent opprotunity. Go in for a few years, get paid while you go to school, get experience and get out far ahead of the average nurse on the street.
  7. by   annacat
    Have you tried Indian Health Services? I have a friend who couldn't get a job in the lower 48 but took a job in Alaska this fall. Look into it!
  8. by   Starbeck
    That is very interesting. Thank you.
    Respectfully
    Len
  9. by   firecracker1484
    Quote from bbache2
    I just graduated this past May and I was having a really hard time finding a job in the Chicago area. I wanted to work at Rush in Chicago but I also applied to Rush Oak Park (www.roph.org). I was offered a job this week in the ICU, and I know they are in need of med/surg staff RNs. They are hiring new grads as well!
    Best of luck in the job search
    bbache2- I recently applied to Rush Oak Park and wanted to know how you like working there. I am a new grad nurse also and am wanting any kind of information you can provide. What was the interview process like? What kind of orientation do they give, etc. I appreciate any kind of information!
  10. by   Yolandalee
    this was very comforting and helped me to focus on the positive. i have been waiting for a sign, and thank you for your post. this will help me to be more open and has given me a ton of confidence.
  11. by   Yunazure
    Thank you for this article. I was thinking of giving up and try other fields of work not related to my degree but then I remember what my boyfriend's sister had gone through. She waited for five years to get an RN job and through faith, hard work, and perseverance, she is now a CCU nurse in Australia. She made it inspite of all these road blocks we're all facing. It's possible that we can also make it!
  12. by   spete39
    Thanks for the encouragement
  13. by   marcos9999
    Quote from pgp1
    Upon graduating top of my class becoming an LPN, I was hired immediatly in LTC. My first day as a graduate LPN, my DON assigned me to the "skilled hall". This facility has 6 wings, holding 50 patients per wing. Me? Im assigned to SKILLED! All "NEW" nurses pay attention! I WAS SCAIRED TO DEATH! This hall, recieved all new admissions, the very ill patients, if they progressed, with the ok from their MD, they would transfer to the other halls. To this day, I thank my DON, for assigning me to this hall. The skills I obtained in the ten years I remained employed with this LTC facility are unremarkable. From admitting the patient, paperwork, taking off orders, ordering meds, clarifying questions with MD, treatments, ordering supplies, Iv's, Cad pumps,Ng tubes, peg tube feedings, catheters, peritoneal dialysis, trach care, making and recieving MD calls each day, pushing Iv meds emergency and non emergency, assessing critical situations and watching your patient heal from them, doing CPR, calling and leading a RED TEAM ALERT, also meeting the patients family needs, and at the end of my ten years at this facility, I had been Charge Nurse of each shift, including when I went to 16 hour shift weekends. They sent RNs to me to train, which I enjoyed teaching, they would look at me and ask me how i could take all the stress? Made me smile! Please know new nurses, us seasoned nurses know your fears, we have been where you are, and it takes time to become a great nurse. To learn, ask, Ive been a nurse 16 years now, I STILL ASK, its always changing, and its ok. Expect mistakes. They will humble you, and learn from them, we all make them. After 16 years in LTC, I feel I can go ANYWHERE with my skills and Charge experience, and do just fine. But I so remember walking onto that skilled hall brand spanking new my heart in my throat, thinking maybe I shoud work at Walmart instead! Be strong, Good Luck, Ask, always ask questions if need calls, we ALL are learning each day, you will become "the nurse" only "the nurse" YOU want to be in time! Congrats!
    I really like your post. I'm graduating this Dec with an RN, MSN, CNS title. I think I will skip the whole idea of becoming a RN in the hospital right now, rather I will focus on LTC. I agree with you that it has an amazing value to our learning experience in becoming a good nurse. I think that school is just a very small portion of becoming a nurse and the largest part depends on experience as you mentioned, learning o be humble etc

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