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I stink so bad Mcallen, TX doesn't even want me.

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TreehuggerRN TreehuggerRN (Member)

Specializes in LTC, med-surg..

I want to work in the NICU, even though I've been an RN several years and my only experience is with adults (I never had the opportunity to work with babies.) Now, I'm to the point I'm willing to relocate to find the job I want. I heard that Mcallen, TX will take anyone, yet the recruiter just called and the more she talked to me the more disappointed she sounded. There were even periods of silence while she tried to think of a way to get off the phone without being rude. She said next week she would send me more information and maybe we could schedule a phone interview, but I know what that means.

That won't stop me from trying to get my foot in the door elsewhere, but for anyone who feels like a total reject just remember yours truly sitting over here, can't even get one of the worst hospitals in the country to give me a chance.:imbar

if the "worst hospital in the world" won't even take you, that just means that a much, much better facility out there WILL give you a chance. i know how cliche it is, but keep your head up. if you are willing to relocate, you will find something. HANG IN THERE!

JB2007, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Med-SURG,STICU. Has 5 years experience.

I am so sorry that you are having such a terrible time. I am in the same boat as you are in and it stinks. Nobody wants me either.

roser13, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC. Has 17 years experience.

What makes you think that it's you (and not the economy)? For instance, what made you think that the recruiter was disappointed in your telephone conversation?

It may be that she saw your exprience and had really wanted to get you for an adult position , don't hang your head yet!

That's unsettling. Even when I'm employed I feel like my employers never really want me. They don't like me. They never do. Oh, well, one of these days I won't have to convince some employer to like me. I will settle for just leave me alone. Don't even act like I'm around. Forget about me. Ignore me. But send the check.

nicurn001

Specializes in Psych , Peds ,Nicu.

What has happened to employers . In the past nurses used to be able to readily move from one area of nursing to another , but now postings are always . X job , 1 - 2 years experience in it required . It appears we are all pidgeon holed by pur present experience !.

nursel56

Specializes in Peds/outpatient FP,derm,allergy/private duty. Has 33 years experience.

I want to work in the NICU, even though I've been an RN several years and my only experience is with adults (I never had the opportunity to work with babies.) Now, I'm to the point I'm willing to relocate to find the job I want. I heard that Mcallen, TX will take anyone, yet the recruiter just called and the more she talked to me the more disappointed she sounded. There were even periods of silence while she tried to think of a way to get off the phone without being rude. She said next week she would send me more information and maybe we could schedule a phone interview, but I know what that means.

That won't stop me from trying to get my foot in the door elsewhere, but for anyone who feels like a total reject just remember yours truly sitting over here, can't even get one of the worst hospitals in the country to give me a chance.:imbar

It most likely isn't you, Treehugger. The fact that the recruiter a) called you and b) stayed on the phone longer than she needed to probably means she did like you!

Caliotter, I'm with you on the supervisor thing. One reason I like Home Health, relative independence. :up:

nursel56

I'm talking about home health. Two DOCS and one supervisor have respected me as a worker. The staffing coordinators talk to me like I'm dirt beneath their feet and I'm old enough to be their mother or probably grandmother. I'm fed up with it. I can't imagine how they talk to the clients, doctors, and others in the business community this way and manage to keep their jobs.

Jolie, BSN

Specializes in Maternal - Child Health. Has 34 years experience.

Please don't be so hard on yourself.

As you know, McAllen and the surrounding communties are winter destinations for senior citizens. They do not experience a surge in demand for maternal-child services in the winter like they do with adult/geriatric/ICU. The recruiter, while lacking in tact, was probably not reflecting on your qualifications as much as his/her desire to fill adult-health positions.

I have relatives in the area and went to visit last Spring. It was the depressing, unappealing area I remember from my youth. Unless you have a burning desire to locate there, please don't do so for a job. You may find yourself miserable.

Your best bet for a NICU position is a large, inner-city teaching and maternity referral center.

Good luck to you!

Callisonanne

Specializes in Psych.

It may not be that she doesn't like you...a lot of the time the person doing interviews is just as nervous as the person being interviewed. Don't discount it until you know for sure. Either way keep up the great attitude and you will certainly find the job you want. Never let them get you down :)

TreehuggerRN

Specializes in LTC, med-surg..

It's not that I think she didn't "like" me, I just think she was expecting to hear about more impressive work experience. As for how I know she was not interested, she would say, "oh..." and there would be silence. She was nice, I just wasn't what they were looking for. I love adventure, I thought maybe Mcallen would be an adventure. We didn't even talk about NICU. The actual positions I applied to were adult CCU and pediatric ICU (they didn't have any NICU positions open, but my thinking is that it would be a way to get my foot in the door.)

Oh well, on to plan B. Don't know what I'll to after I get through the alphabet.

Has McAllen been named the "worst" hospital? I thought it was more that they spent more money for no better outcomes and were inefficient.

McAllen wouldn't really be an "adventure." I'm from there. I mean, I think of it as "home" even though I haven't lived there in a long time, but I can't really think of anything to particularly recommend it. It's HOT, humid, flat land that is polluted with pesticides and defoliants from farming. Or at least that's the way it was when I was there. Maybe they've got some better farming practices now but I don't know. Nobody ever talks about it. Just about every place has some kind of pollution, I guess, but I don't care to smell defoliant ever again.

PostOpPrincess, BSN, RN

Specializes in M/S, MICU, CVICU, SICU, ER, Trauma, NICU. Has 19 years experience.

It is not your job to please people. It is not your job to be liked.

It is your job to sell yourself. I think that Jolie is correct--the best place to go, since you are considering relocating, is a large, public hospital with a huge L2/L3 NICU.

Good luck. It can happen. I switched from adult to NICU and back.

It's doable. And I can also go back to NICU with a little practice and review.

NICU is a great specialty. Just can't do nights anymore =(.

nursel56

Specializes in Peds/outpatient FP,derm,allergy/private duty. Has 33 years experience.

nursel56

I'm talking about home health. Two DOCS and one supervisor have respected me as a worker. The staffing coordinators talk to me like I'm dirt beneath their feet and I'm old enough to be their mother or probably grandmother. I'm fed up with it. I can't imagine how they talk to the clients, doctors, and others in the business community this way and manage to keep their jobs.

Oh, I'm sorry! :imbar I work for a much smaller agency now-- so I don't have to deal with the rude, clueless staffers anymore. Working in the home, I avoid MOST of the politics and supervisors with personality disorders. I was always the type that thought if the charge nurse coughed, it must have been something I did wrong, if you know what I mean. ;)

fitRNpic

Specializes in NICU, PICU, Pediatrics. Has 10 years experience.

I am sure you have not been rejected as much as I have!! I have applied to over 1000 positions since January and have basically been rejected by each one. I don't even think that most of these places even look at the applications. I feel that some of the places that I have applied to over the past year just shred my application or say they will file it for up to a year or whatever, just after seeing my name!!

I really hit ROCK BOTTOM today. I applied to a PICU position at UW Madison Childrens Hospital and had a phone interview today with the nurse recruiter there. I have never felt so rejected in my life!! She asked about my history and why I left these positions or what happened with these other positions. I was as truthful about all of it as I could be. The response I got from this woman was that they only hire nurses that have a SOLID work history and have held a position at the same facility for over a year. Only counting RN experience here!! So, needless to say, they too will not give me a chance because my work history sucks since I became an RN. Whatever happened to genuine caring people in the healthcare industry!

All I ever wanted to be was a NICU nurse. It is my passion, and the only reason I went into nursing in the first place. It is the love of my life. I wanted to go on to get my Masters and become an NNP. But, NO ONE will give me the time of day, take a chance, or anything. I have tried so hard, and am losing confidence that it will ever happen. And all anyone can ever say is "hang in there, it will happen", "its just the economy", "you're just going through a rough patch", and whatever else. I have applied to positions in NICU since my junior/senior year of nursing school (2006), and still have not been given a chance to show people that I am a GREAT nurse, I deserve to be given a chance, and I am everything they are looking for (if they'd look past all the other crap!).

Sorry, no words of encouragement here. I have had a really rough time since I became an RN!

diane227, LPN, RN

Specializes in Management, Emergency, Psych, Med Surg. Has 32 years experience.

I don't know where you currently live but I am from Texas and no amount of money in the world would get me to move to McAllen Texas. Your best chance of getting the job you want is in a big city with lots of hospitals. Where do you live? Have you done any education or obtained any certifications that would make you more marketable in your chosen area? Would you be willing to work in a less acute nursery first just to get your foot in the door?

meluhn

Specializes in acute rehab, med surg, LTC, peds, home c. Has 16 years experience.

What has happened to employers . In the past nurses used to be able to readily move from one area of nursing to another , but now postings are always . X job , 1 - 2 years experience in it required . It appears we are all pidgeon holed by pur present experience !.

This is so true and so annoying. Everyone has to start somewhere and lately, nobody will give anyone a chance! I think it is so egotistical for them to think that nobody could possibly do this job without years of experience. Give me a break, a good nurse can learn anything, given the chance.

To the OP: Dont lose hope. Try some rural hospitals, they might be desperate enough to give you a chance and then you can take that experience and go anywhere. Keep trying.