I graduated in May 2009, BSN. 3.6 GPA, Sigma Theta Tau, SNA, department's highest award, very involved and active in class and school activities. I've had a few interviews (4? 5?) and one horror show of a job that I gave my notice at after 2 weeks because it was unsafe; 2 weeks work + 2 weeks notice = 4 weeks experience. At some point in this saga, I started printing out the ad for every job I applied to. I now have a 1" binder that can't accept any more pages, so I have to get another binder.
Last year I took the American Red Cross phlebotomy course, did a 100 hour/100 stick internship and got certified; even phlebotomy jobs require experience. I more or less regularly attend grand rounds at nearby teaching hospitals in areas of interest, just to feel like I'm staying connected to the healthcare world. (The winter snows have put a damper on my ability to attend recently.) The ones I attend give CEUs, they're free, and while I thought they might provide an opportunity to make professional contacts, that hasn't panned out. I just finished a 3 week, 45 hour RN refresher at a local community college.
I tried to volunteer as a nurse, but all in-country agencies seem to be unable, I guess because of liability issues. Even agencies that run out-of-country medical missions want experienced nurses. I will fetch water and sweep floors but I can't find anyone to let me in. I occasionally apply to non-nursing allied health jobs but no-one will hire me; perhaps this is because, as one hiring manager told me, they know I will leave as soon as I find that RN job. I don't think I'm being too picky, but I am picky which LTC facilities I apply to. I do not want to provide one-on-one care to children with severe birth defects, on vents and tube feedings; I do not want to work in a plastic surgery office.
I have started looking nationwide. This week I've applied to ~7 jobs at various hospitals around the country that are advertising new grad programs. I did not apply to any NYC, Seattle, or California jobs; too expensive to live in those places. If I ended up being offered a job away from home, I would live away from home -- it is dear husband's income that made my education possible and which supports me today; he's not giving up his job and relocating with me. Though we have a good relationship, I am afraid that a one or two year long distance marriage could kill it.
I'm old and getting older. This is my last career and I can't get it off the ground.
I cannot even begin to describe the depths of my despair over this.
I live in Massachusetts. A small state, compared to others, but still too big to commute from one side to the other.