What am I doing wrong?? - page 2

Hello fellow nurses... So... I moved to Portland from California in August 09. (I used to live here so I am not a complete transfer, lol!) I am an RN and worked in a wonderful hospital in... Read More

  1. by   melissakp
    Most places are being picky, I applied at Salem, got denied they only hired BSN's for the internships. Applied Good Sam Corvallis they didn't take me in their critical care internship. Applied at Silverton, not enough experience. and so on... I am a new nurse graduated sept. 09 and a medic for 20 years, but they only count nursing exp. But I did get a casual job at a stand alone urgent care for Samaritan Health in Albany, just yesterday I accepted a full time ER position in Albany, now I will get to go in to the critical care internship and get my spot in the ER. It was all the phone calls and meeting dept. managers and talking myself up. My app was never forwarded past recuriting without the manager calling for it. So jobs are tough to come by just about any where. Get out and meet people, I joined the ENA is how I met some ER managers from my area. Melissa RN
  2. by   mariahas4kids
    I'm also a victim of a layoff. The State of Washington is closing the prison I work at. I have a Washington and an Oregon RN license and have been applying at all the hospitals on both sides of the river, Portland and Vancouver. It is just ugly. I am taking NRP and PALS classes to get my certifications, am going to get my ACLS as well, all on my own dime to make myself more marketable. Unfortunately the one thing I don't have is hospital experience since my clinicals in 07. The amount of money I am spending to find a job is obscene. What I really hate is when my non-nursing co-workers are talking about how they are looking for work and where they will transfer to other correctional facilities (not an option for me), they look at me and say "oh, but you are a nurse and will have no problem finding another job, there is nursing shortage isn't there?" Nursing is my dream job and I never though I would see the day that I would talk to lots of nurses that can't find jobs.
  3. by   sheikB
    hello. I have a question for anyone with an opinion:
    I've been accepted to the Linfield BSN program to start in June. However, the two RNs I know in Vancouver had less than stellar things to say about the graduates from that program. As in, they didn't have much functional knowledge, but they know how to read a book very well if you catch the drift.

    Does anyone have any input? good or bad. I'm trying to decide between two programs.

    Thank you!
  4. by   MsPdx
    Looking for an rn job in the Portland area as a new grad has definitely been the most heinous, brutal, humiliating experiences of my professional life so far!! It's hard not to take the rejection personally. Good news, however. My perseverance and openness to work ANYWHERE has paid off - full time job starting tomorrow!
  5. by   mariahas4kids
    Good for you!!! Where are you working?

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