I graduated from a nursing school of a community college last May. After graduation I spent a couple of months to prepare for NCLEX test and I finally got a state RN license in July. I travelled to Europe for a couple of months to visit my family. After I came back to the US, I responded to many ads hiring RN's. Most of hospitals hiring prefer experienced nurses. Some local hospitals advertize they welcome new graduates, so I applied for. Still I can't get a job! It's been almost two months since I tried to find a job and five months since I graduated. I am frustrated!
When I entered nursing school, hospitals paid $10,000 to $30,000 sign-on bonuses. Now I can't see such bonuses anywhere and they don't hire new graduates! I have all the qualifications and foreign language skills. There are many evacuees from Louisiana in my area and the local hospitals definately are interested in hiring experienced nurses from Louisiana. One hospital had a special job fair recently for that special purpose.
I spent a lot of time, money and efforts for more than three year and half to become a registered nurse. I have heard about the nurse shortages all the time. But hospitals seem to hire only experienced nurses
. If they hire only experienced nurses, where should the new graduates go? Where did the experienced nurses get experience from the first place? The hospitals may prefer to import experienced nurses from the Phillippines or India. Why do they not want to hire and train new graduates from the U.S.A.?
Are they lazy? Do they not have any long-term plan for recruitment?
I am very angered because I feel I wasted too much time and money and all my young life for nothing. What should I do? Should I go to the Phillippines and to start RN jobs there because nobody wants to hire me in the US?