Newly Graduated Nurse, Cannot get a job


Hi everyone!!

I have recently just graduated from the University of Arizona Master's of Science with Entry to the Profession of Nursing program in August 2020. I am scheduled to take my NCLEX October 8th (yikes!!). I am writing to hopefully find some reassurance and maybe advice..


Since COVID hit, obviously it took nursing school through a major detour. I wasn't able to attend my internship and last semester of clinicals. Most nursing students are able to find connects in their last semester and lock down a job contingent upon passing NCLEX before they even graduate! I however, am currently with no job lined up, and being constantly rejected from New Grad programs in AZ. Everyday I check job postings and apply and I have been denied from Banner Health University, Honor Health, and Dignity Health. I am not sure what I am doing wrong, or if its just the current situation in the world, but I cant help to feel bad about myself and so worthless after I tried so hard to bust my *** (I graduated with a 4.0 with honors). I don't know how else to boost my resume and seem fit for the new grad positions, so I was seeing if anyone else out there is having the same struggles, or has advice to give. I don't want to be without a job much longer after NCLEX, and it is stressing me out so much! 



Specializes in Labor and Delivery. Has 1 years experience. 411 Posts

Hang in there! The only people I know who had a job “locked down” prior to passing the NCLEX were ones working as CNAs/techs.

After you have a license to put in the applications, you’re more likely to be looked at. Use any resources or connections you have til this point, but just keep applying.


kkbb, BSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology. Has 5 years experience. 131 Posts

I agree with the post above, you might just be automatically being rejected because you have not taken/passed the NCLEX.  Take a deep breath in and focus on the NCLEX.