You know, this isn't the first time I've heard this from an RN. I heard that same story back in 02' from a coworker, which was before the economy went in the crapper. I was told, in 02', that "if you had a heartbeat, you had a job." Of course, that's no longer true now. However, the concensus seemed to be that you have to sell yourself as a NP because the jobs are fewer in between and it's much more difficult to get a job.
Right now, I'd give anything to have a job as even an RN. I had a patient file a complaint on me back in 09'. I hired a lawyer for $20,000, he said it was a BS case, the charges would be dropped, and 3 yrs later, I get indicted. The result-I just spent the last 10.5 mos in jail and I have 2 yrs of probation-misdemeanor charge. I'm talking with the board about renewing my license but I think we all know what will happen there. The plea states I am not allowed to work as an RN for 2 yrs while on probation anyway. Think about what it will be like in 2 yrs when I try to apply again. I may never be able to get a job as an RN again-I've been in the medical field since 92'. Sorry to hijack your thread but it hit me about job searching and I just wanted to share. I wish you all the luck in the world. SELL YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!!