I just spent 3 months applying to all of the different hospitals in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, so that's a lot! I never heard back from a single one of them. It lists on the online application job description that the minimum standards are a high school diploma or GED, so I know that I qualify for the position. You should be too, so don't accept that as a reason, unless they require CNA/MA, etc in your area. It just happened that a close family friend had surgery in December. I went to visit her in the hospital and my friend told the nurse that I was waiting for a decision on my application (what she & I had been talking about was my application to the nursing program, not my application to that hospital). The nurse visited with me for a while, asking about where I was going to school, etc, when I told her that I actually had applied daily for several of the patient care positions. She asked what the status was and i told her that I hadn't heard back from anybody and HR hadn't returned my calls (to make sure they received everything ok electronically, etc). She advised me to speak with the UNIT MANAGER. We talked, in person, that day for almost an hour and basically told me the job was mine but I had to go back the next day for an "official interview". That was just the week between Christmas & New Year's. Of course, I had to do the drug screen, physical, TB test, etc that racks up a lot of timem but I am scheduled to attend their orientation on January 15th.
I originally started applying in SEPTEMBER but will not start until JANUARY. From asking around, it seems that it takes hospitals an average of 6 months to hire someone from the time you apply. I got in early & quickly because I went directly to the unit manager. So my advice to you is to go to the unit manager - skip HR until the unit manager tells you to go to them. It won't hurt anything because the most they can do is A) hire you or B) not hire you. But at least if they don't hire you, your application will be acknowledged and they may give you some pointers as to why they passed on hiring you. If there is anymore advice I can offer, please feel free to PM me. Good luck!