Found a Nursing Jobs, two years later! - page 2

Tomorrow starts my first day of Nursing Orientation. And like the title implies, I have been waiting two years for this day. I have applied to hundreds and hundreds of nursing jobs, and no one would... Read More

  1. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    Quote from TaniqueRN
    Tomorrow starts my first day of Nursing Orientation (after) waiting two years for this day. I do not even know where to start in reviewing. If anyone has any helpful advice or has experienced what I will be experiencing, please let me know what to expect or how I should start off in reviewing.
    First off, congratulations.

    Know that they hired you for YOU, not what you know. It's your personality and your 'story' that they hired. They know darn well that even a fresh newbie needs help and that a stale newbie needs even more.

    Be frank and honest with your preceptor and the others about what you know and what you don't. Be a hard worker and always quick to help out, answer call lights, empty commodes. Be a few minutes early every day (just so you won't be even 2 seconds late) and be excellent at what you do. Clean up after yourself, keep your lines and wires untangled, and keep your patients puffed and buffed. Don't join in the inevitable complaining.

    Review: Do just that... review, not preview. After each shift or each rotation, do case studies of your patients, their conditions, and their treatments. It will stick so much more easily when it's tied to a real person.

    Ask questions and take suggestions and criticisms.

    Engage with the doctors. You need to build credibility with them, too, and they are a wealth of information.

    Smile a lot and let the I-finally-got-a-job gratitude show on your face and in your demeanor.
  2. by   chiromed0
    PM'd you if you care to reply. Congrats!
  3. by   marcos9999
    Wow sis...great for you and it makes me feel encouraged too because I'm too going into 2 years of looking. I'm now applying everywhere, small hospitals in Texas, NM, ND, I look for places no one wants to go, rural hospitals that I can find. I've applied 300 times in California but this is the worst place so I gave up in Cal. So now that I decided to relocate I have that many more places to apply. I'm trying to apply to 10 a day but it's very hard and time consuming. I heard that some people apply to 2000 in order to land their fist job. Don't worry you'll get back in the saddle.
  4. by   roseonye
    wow after 2yrs? i am very happy for you.
  5. by   mo2rn
    Congrats, your story is very inspiring and demonstrate that there is hope for those of us that has past the dreaded one year mark and heading for two years without that first RN job. Please keep us updated on your progress and how you are adjusting.
  6. by   TaniqueRN
    Thank you this is helpful.
  7. by   TaniqueRN
    Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!! "Review, Not Preview" Love it!
  8. by   TaniqueRN
    So I wrote a long message to you. Don't think you were able to receive it. A popup message said I would have to reply to atleast messages for my message to be sent. So i will try and reply to it again.
  9. by   TaniqueRN
    I am not an experienced nurse. I graduated two years ago with my AAS in nursing. Within that time I applied to jobs every chance I got and also went back to school for my BSN (RN-BSN program did not do bedside care clinicals). I graduated this year with my BSN. So technically I've been a new graduate nurse for two years and this will be my first RN job.
  10. by   TaniqueRN
    Thank you everyone for the well wishes. I appreciate it very much. I will be meeting with my preceptor in the next few days and I will let you all know how it goes.

    For people who are still searching for that first RN job, PLEASE DO NOT GIVE UP!!! It is frustrating and depressing to have to go through rejection after rejection. But don't quit. Continue to apply, continue to call nurse recruiters (even if they do not return your call), and continue to stay positive. If you have to take a break, do it but don't quit.
    I started applying for jobs in august 2010; sometimes daily and/or weekly. I decided to take a break the first week of July 2012. For three weeks I took a break and decided to hang with friends/family to gain more positive energy. When I actually decided to start applying again, I set out a plan. I told myself, I'm going to apply to five jobs and follow up on those five jobs before I apply to anymore. I followed up by calling for nurse recruiters for those facilities in which I applied to; I left messages until someone called me back for an interview.
  11. by   antwiwaa79
    wow after 2years, congrates
  12. by   finallyRN7
    Congratulations on your job! Thanks for sharing your experience!!It has been truly inspiring to me because before reading your post, I was questioning whether my continuing on to earn my BSN will ever pay off in civilian sector. If it doesn't, there's always military nursing for me!

    I'm curious as to the type of nursing job you have? Is it in a hospital?? How has your experience on the job been so far?

    Please keep us posted. I'm sure any insight will continue to be inspiring to those, including myself, who have yet to land their first nursing job.
  13. by   finallyRN7
    Can't wait 'til I can post a big headline news that says " I Finally Got A Nursing Job!!!" Until then, I'll keep my head in the books...