Dear Nurse Beth,
Looking for some sound advice. I completed my BSN last year and have not started my first RN job yet. Passed my NCLEX 1st attempt in 75 question so yes, I am currently licensed.
My dilemma is that I just turned 59. I wanted to do nursing all my life and after 2 children and a career as a flight attendant, I finally found the time to go back to school and get my degree. My problem is that I have not been able to secure my first job.
I ended up with a lower GPA because of my last semester, 1 clinical and a failed exit exam, I was told I failed. Come back and repeat the semester and try again which I did. Needless to say, I have lost all confidence and do not know which direction to go next. I have been rejected by 2 RN Residency programs.
The most important thing is not to give up. Instead, I would pull out all the stops in my job search. You have invested a lot to get where you are, and you have your BSN (a plus!).
You just need one offer to turn this around and start your career. But the clock is ticking and it's important to land your first job within 1 year of graduating. Are you able to relocate? That is often the key to landing the first job.
Have you considered sub-acute? It's much less competitive and gets your foot in the door of the working world so you can start building your resume.
At 59, you may encounter age discrimination- here are some tips on that. Ageism in Nursing.
And honestly, my book below is written exactly for new grads like you, from a hiring manager's point of view. Your resume, cover letter, ability to target, interview skills.....
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Dear awesome nurse with a an incredible BSN, your future is laying ahead for you. Don't let your age or your GPA define you. I know you will get your opportunity, it's coming just around the corner. In the meantime look into other opportunities, home care agencies offer really good experience and they can take you as a new graduate. You can get some nursing experience and $$$$ while you wait to be accepted in an internship. I don't know where you're located but if you're in Texas I highly recommend Angel's of Care. Good luck and congratulations on becoming a nurse. I graduated at 56 and I just started my Master Nurse Practitioner Program at 59. I am so proud of you as I am of myself, because while at our age most of the people are thinking about retirement and being at home, we decided to pursue a a new goal and dream new dreams! Stay motivated, don't get discouraged! Listen to motivational videos in YouTube whenever you're feeling down, they help me to stay focused.
Congratulations to you!
PD. Believe it or not I make money as a coverage home care nurse these days, compared to what I used to make at the hospital where I did my internship. That is how I am able to afford graduate school and work less hours so I can keep up with my classes.
Last edit by PatriciaCifuentes on Jun 8