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yvesul specializes in Clinical experience only.

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Hi everyone,

I realize that I am new to the nursing field and my clinical rotations do not count towards experience BUT...

I am so frustrated with the same response "one year of experience required" Uh, helllllo.

I've tried all types of healthcare related employers. I have excellent references and I am open to all positions and shifts. I have 15 years of non-healthcare related Managerial & Accounting experience and I have tailored my resume and cover letter to capitalize on the fact that those skills (accountability, attention to detail, organization, prioritization) can be applied to any industry.

I have run out of ideas.

Please is there something that I am missing? any suggestions? :banghead:

Yvette

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LoveMy2Brats has 6 years experience.

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I HEAR YOU AND I AM FEELING YOUR FRUSTRATION!!!!!! I have been actively searching too and I am running into the same problem; experience needed. I have gotten so depressed about it, that sometimes I wonder if going to school was a mistake. :scrying:

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:twocents:Hi!! I live in the Sonoma California area, I am also having that same problem "sorry looking for lvns with at least 1 - 2 years experience, but will keep your name on file in case something comes up!" Well that's not paying the bills around here I need a job NOW!! I am getting sooo stressed out, and I am wondering also if becoming an LVN was a mistake! I mean I really want a chance to prove that I know what I am doing(like the rest of you) but how are they(the employers) going to know if they don't give us a chance? I went back to school for this and it means so much to me and I would be heartbroken if I can't work as an lvn...Does anyone have any suggestions or know of any places that will hire new lvns? :banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead:

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Sensoria17 specializes in LTC.

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Happybird67,

What types of facilities are you applying to?

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yvesul specializes in Clinical experience only.

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I live in the Hudson Valley Region of New York. There are a lot of places to work besides the hospitals.

I've learned to get creative as far as where to apply. I've also made calls to find out who in particular would be receiving my resume. I even went so far as to find out who the nurse manager is and call her/him directly. I feel like a stalker!

I still get the same response "...experience"

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I live in SC and I am having the same problem. I keep getting rejection letters saying that "another candidate better fits our needs" They are such generic rejection letters. It is so frustrating!!! I will keep looking, but it seems like unless you know someone it's impossible to get in.

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yvesul specializes in Clinical experience only.

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I live in SC and I am having the same problem. I keep getting rejection letters saying that "another candidate better fits our needs" They are such generic rejection letters. It is so frustrating!!! I will keep looking, but it seems like unless you know someone it's impossible to get in.

If thats the case then I'm in a terrible position. I don't know anyone in the healthcare field.

UGH!

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Sensoria17,

Hi!

I have applied to nursing homes, Maxim and Interim, an outpatient clinic....placed my resume online at Monster.com, careerbuilders.com, and a website for local jobs...I havent given up yet though..yesterday after my post, I got a call from a nursing home, but the commute would be a bit too far for me(nearly 2 hours 1 way) so I will continue my search...

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Sensoria17 specializes in LTC.

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Happybird67,

Ouch. I was hoping you wouldn't say nursing homes because then I'm really in trouble. I take NCLEX next week and will start looking for a job at that point. I'm lucky in that I don't own a home and can relocate.

Good luck on your search though. Something will come up eventually.

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yvesul specializes in Clinical experience only.

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Sensoria17,

Hi!

I have applied to nursing homes, Maxim and Interim, an outpatient clinic....placed my resume online at Monster.com, careerbuilders.com, and a website for local jobs...I havent given up yet though..yesterday after my post, I got a call from a nursing home, but the commute would be a bit too far for me(nearly 2 hours 1 way) so I will continue my search...

A fellow student who is in dire straits for a a job applied for a CNA position at a large hospital in our area in order to get in. He said that he had to omit the fact that he had an LPN license or they wouldn't hire him.

This is a horrible position for him to be in but I understand how desperate he is.

Yvette

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systoly has 23 years experience and specializes in LTC, Memory loss, PDN.

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Just a couple of thoughts. If you are at a point where you don't have much to lose, try a different approach with your resume. Don't focus on your managerial or accounting experience. I picture that most personnel who will read your resume are younger and do not have the professional experience you do and may actually be turned off or even threatened by a person with more life and professional experience albeit in a different field. Also, you may contact a facility that did not respond to your application or maintained one year experience is required and ask the HR person for five minutes of their time. If they agree, you could ask them for help. Something like, " I understand you have no position for me, but I would really welcome your input on my resume or any suggestions you may have". If you decide to pursue this route, please be aware of what days of the week and what times of the day are more likely to produce results, e.g. Mondays and Fridays are usually not good.

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