I am a recent LPN graduate (June 2012). I've been putting my ALL into looking for a job. From custom cover letters, to a professional resume, wearing business attire when walking in to apply, as well as minimal make-up, short clean nails, etc. Lol basically every hint ever given on allnurses. Two weeks ago, I walked in to apply at a ltc facility about 45 minutes from my house after a family friend referred me there. I was ecstatic to be asked to wait for an interivew (this has never happened, they usually dont even want a new grad to waste time applying). I think because i was referred there, the administrator was polite enough to see me and I was extremely grateful. I figured worst case, it would be a good experience to help me interview better in the future and allow me to practice all those interview questions I've looked up and memorized.:)
So i gratefully waited about an hour to interview. I believe for my first real nursing interview, I did very well, and I hope I made new graduates look good. I had done my research, and was well aware of the facility (recent awards, services, etc). But of course at the end, I got the expected: Im sorry but we prefer RNs, or at least experienced LPNs at this time. But we will keep you in mind and contact you if anything opens.
The following week, I received a call asking me to come in for another interview. I was so happy! I thought to myself, I did the right thing by looking further than my initial comfort zone and doing all that research into interviews. I agreed to come in the following day, so I spent allllll night preparing my portfolio, questions and responses, etc. With all my nerves, I drove there (leaving extra early in case of traffic, which i ended up stuck in for one hour), and arrived 15minutes early. I waited for 45minutes while a CNA and RN were interviewed, and was taken on a tour of the facility with them. This was all great until it was my turn. The DON called me into her office, everything seemed great, I felt we had a good rapport. The second we sat down, she looked at my application from last week (that boldly said in red pen- new graduate/no experience), and looked at me and said "We have no positions at this time for non-experienced nurses. Try a flu-clinic or anything where you can get some experience." She stood to walk me out and that was that. I had no opportunity to comment and truthfully i was stunned. I mean to me, this was my second interview, and although I tried not to get my hopes up and be realistic, I truly was unprepared for this. I understand new grads are not in need at this time, i really do. But they called me! At the very least, I feel she could've said, "I apologize, I didnt realize you were a new nurse, Thank you for taking the time to come in." Aghh how quickly a new grad can go from up to down!!
Sorry for this long post, I just had to post somewhere where hopefully someone can sympathize. To hiring managers or DON, please have more respect for peoples time. My resume clearly states im a new nurse. At the very least, dont be rude. I felt like absolute garbage walking out of there, dismissed after only 15 seconds. To top it off, i got stuck in traffic for another hour on the way home (in tears). Anyways, thanks allnurses for giving me a place to vent my frustrations!!