Hi New Grad,
I know this isn't going to pay any bills, but have you tried to volunteer at a free clinic.
Now before you dismiss this, just hear me out. I'm a RN of 4 years and thought I was safe until my LTAC unit
got flushed in 2009. 200 people out looking.
It is that bad right now, but just to stay current with my skills and give a little something back, I decided
to volunteer at this free clinic in June of 2010!
It's been my experience right now that most hospitals today are looking for people with 1 yr current
hospital experience. Now you cannot FIB about the places you have worked, because
you'll get caught; however, you can FIB about your experience at a workplace.
What I did was ask the Director of the Clinic for references and also ask her NOT to mention
anything about the clinic being free or that I was volunteering. I expanded my experiences to sound as if I
was working in a hospital type setting. Long story short, I'am working with 4 different traveling agencies now.
I don't know, maybe I caught a lucky break. Give it try and good luck.