When I first decided to go into nursing school, everyone told me how fantastic that is because there is a "HUGE SHORTAGE!" Due to my financial situation, I decided to become an LPN first, then work while I am in school for RN. I graduated and was a license practical nurse shortly after in 2009. I was so excited to get on the computer and have hospitals and nursing homes fighting over me as i applied to them! I dreamed of having all these opportunities to pick and choose from......so you could imagine my surprise when, application after application I was getting no response. Luckily, after several months of searching I was able to secure a position in a private office. Where it was nice to have a job, I felt that the skills that I learned and all my training were being wasted. So I decided to to bit the bullet and take on the financial burden of continuing my education to become a RN. Unfortunately, with this decision also came the reality that I would not be able to work at a private office. So at 29 years old, I packed up all my belongings and moved back in with my mother and father to minimize all expenses that i would have to incur during this 3 year program. Since I have started the program one year ago, I spend at least one hour every day, sending my resume places or filling out online applications....however I always get the same response, "We are really looking for someone with at least one year hospital/nursing home experience." To which I then reply, "Well how am i supposed to get that one year experience, if no one is willing to take a shot on a self motivated, quick learning, team player such as myself?" To which they let out an uneasy laugh and wish me luck on my search. I dont want to sound like I am complaining, because I know what the job market is like and it is hard out there for everyone!! I am just very frustrated! I was vice president of my class and graduated top of my class and yet I find myself in this perpetual cycle of rejection! If there is anyone out there that knows of any jobs in the rockland county NY area or Northern NJ area (yes I am licensed in both states) OR if there are certain websites that I am over looking that are helpful in finding jobs in the medical field I would GREATLY appreciate it:) I am even willing to work as a CNA in order to obtain the "minimum of 1 year experience" I keep hearing about.