Post # 1
So I’ve mentioned it a couple times around here lately, but I will recap b/c I know not everyone sees/ remembers everything everyone writes haha.
I graduated with my LPN June, Passed my Nclex and got my license July 25th . Yay! Well bad news is, a month later this girl is still unemployed 🙁 I have filled out countless applications, and had three Interviews. No job offers .
I am planning to get my RN, but needed a break from school and I feel it will be best for me to work as an LPN for at least a year because I have no experience in the health field at all.
This being, the reason why I feel that nobody will hire me . They don’t want someone that is not only a new grad but also has never even been an STNA.
I am really starting to feel hopeless and like I wasted a year of giving my entire heart and mind to nursing school, and am still unemployed. I am scared too much time will pass and then it will be even harder to get a job because I will be an “old”new grad, and they will wonder why I still haven’t found a job.
I don’t understand the problem, I am well spoken, received good grades, and have been complimented on my presentation at job interviews. I’ve been told that many LTC facilities like new grads because they are easy to train but this has not been my experience.
Any support or words of wisdown? Any one else had trouble landing your first nursing job ? This has really knocked the wind out of me and the past week or so it’s really been affecting my behavior and mood, I almost feel a bout of depression, which is unlike my usual perky happy self.
Post # 3
It is so hard to get nursing jobs right now, especially as a new grad because it costs so much for orientation and training. Some states are worse than others. I’m a new grad (haven’t passed NCLEX yet…taking it August 31, wish me luck) and the ONLY reason I got my job is because I knew someone who knew someone. It’s all about connections. I even know some RNs who had to work as CNAs in a hospital for a year before they could apply as an internal transfer. I also know people who did entirely different jobs (waitressing, etc) until they could find something
Just keep looking…don’t give up! You’ll find something. I know it’s rough right now but you haven’t wasted your time! Network with people…if you know someone who works in a hospital, see who they know. Once you find something it will all fall into place.
Post # 4
Pick the place you want to work and show some extra interest. Phone the Director of Nursing (whatever the title) and ask if you can shadow a nurse for a few shifts.
Employers remember people who show some initiative.
Post # 5
Fellow LPN here, for 6 years now. I will tell you there are many areas that actually have a nursing excess. With so many new for profit nursing programs that are quickly turning out new grads it’s becoming a dime a dozen. I’m in one of those areas and I will say many of the students both RN and LPN I sometimes have under me are having a horrible time finding a job. Some of these so called “nursing shortages” no longer exist. You have to be persistent and not give up. I will also be honest and say now is not the time to be picky, bc there will always be someone behind you. I’ve seen many new grads come to my facility and turn up their nose bc they don’t want to work in a nursing home. Well as an LPN this is where you’ll make money. I make more than new grad RNs bc of my experience and continuing education. It saddens me bc you can learn so much here; FWIW I work on a cardiac/ortho rehab unit, not long term or alzheimers. There are jobs out there, don’t give up! We are here for you and this wasn’t meant to bring you down just show the reality that is out there. It took me about 6 months of filling out all the apps I could till I finally landed a position in a pediatric office as a triage nurse. Loved it! But then out of the blue, this nursing home called needing a LPN and here I am 4 years later still here and now they are paying for my RN. It will happen, all in good time! Keep your chin up and keep pushing!
Post # 6
That sounds like the same situation I was in. I am an RN and finished school in March 2010. I was working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as a PCA so I thought I would be an automatic hire for sure. Well I was a PCA with an RN license for 6 full months until I finally got offered a job here. I was applying EVERYWHERE!! I mean nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies…everywhere! On my 6 month out I got offered two jobs but I took the one on my floor I was working at as a PCA.
It was such an emotional time because like you I put my heart into every second of it!
My only advice is to keep applying, keep smiling, keep strong!!
EDIT: I took my boards immediately after graduating.
Post # 7
First, congratulations on passing your boards!
I have been a nurse for more years than I care to mention (first as a LPN, then as a RN for the last 6yrs)and totally understand what you are saying.
I left my last job due to a medical issue and when I was ready to return, it took me several months to find a new job.
If you have not tried it yet, may I suggest you look at http://www.careerbuilders.com ? That’s where I found my current job, as well as another that I accepted, hated and quit after 2 weeks.
As others have said, apply for anything and everything. Accept whatever shift you can get (you can always go to another shift later, when there’s an opening). Even if you take a job and don’t like it, hang onto it while you look for another job. It’s crazy, but in nursing, it’s easier to get a new job while you have a job, than to get one when you don’t.
Post # 8
Ya I think the whole nursing shortage things is a lie… except you live in Texas or Alaska. I just graduated with my RN in June and applied for a new grad position at the local hospital. They had 300+ applicants for 26 positions. Luckily I had done my practicum in the area where I wanted to work, so I was offered a job. But many other students weren’t so lucky. So far, 3 months since we have graduated 90% have found jobs. They might not be where they wanted, but the fact is, they have jobs that pay and give them experience. Just keep looking, throw in your app everything! Get the experience and then decide whether you want to get your RN or just work for awhile. Good luck!
Post # 9
I graduated in June 2010 with my BSN, took my NCLEX in July and got my RN. I ended up getting a job in October. So, it took a few months. Hang in there! Try to work with whatever connections you have — where you did your clinical rotations or maybe if any of your clinical instructors, professors or fellow classmates know anyone. In this market it definitely helps to have connections. It can be really discouraging looking for work especially when you feel like others around you are just as qualified as you and they are getting jobs. Also, I would encourage you to get your RN as soon as you are ready! Good luck & stay positive.
Post # 10
i have worked in the medical field for 3 years as a tech.. im in nursing school but i am basically guaranteed a job when i graduate.. maybe try starting as a tech and then work your way to being a nurse
Post # 11
Thanks guys! I am not being picky and have applied to LTC positions also.
I had an interview monday that went great and she stated someone will be getting back with me by the end of the week. I sent a thankyou letter tuesday. It is friday 11:30 a.m. my time. No call yet
should I express my enthuiasm by calling and asking if the position has been filled or if I am still being considered? Or is this too aggressive?
Post # 12
I wasn’t implying YOU were being picky, I was simply mentioning a trend I am seeing.
Post # 13
I just graduated in may with my BSN and got a job in August. It was hard with all the “e-mails of doom” I would get a week (you know, the e-mail saying your great just not what they are looking for). I applied for everything and anything, even jobs I didn’t have the experience for. I put in an application for an ICU job (which is where I wanted) and didn’t think they would even look at it. Then they called and I interviewed for 2 positions and was offered one. So my advice, apply for everything. You never know when they might decide to give you a chance. I also like to know about the company before I go in (oh wow, your cancer center is amazing etc) and I dress to impress (a suit). I cried over at least 7 jobs I didn’t get. The job market isn’t what it was 3 years ago and retired nurses are working again so jobs are tough to find.
Post # 14
I’m not in the nursing field, but I know lots of areas have excess nurses and money is tight. I can tell you I spent a lot of money to get my teaching degree and then got laid off a year ago. For the past year I have been working other part time jobs, looking for a teaching job because teaching is my passion. And Thursday, with one week before school starts, I got hired! My point is, if you know nursing is what you want to do, just stick with it and be patient. The economy sucks right now. But if you show interest in the hospital you want to work at and perservere, it IS possible!
Post # 15
Firstly, congratulations on passing your boards!!
I’ve been a registered nurse for seven years and the job market has changed considerably in this short time. I’ve primarily worked with women and kids too. I too can empathize on how dismal the job market is because I’ve been lookng for a different fulltime job and have been disappointed when I receive that dreaded email too. But you will find something!!! I agree on what other pp have said by applying to jobs that you don’t necessarily think you’ll like. You may be surprised. For instance, I applied to an endoscopy position, got a interview but then they went to an internal applicant. But, at least they have my information to keep for the future.
Networking is huge! Go to job fairs when they come up in your town. You can do a general application to hospitals,LTC, home agencies,etc. I also agree on taking whatever shift as it comes if you think it’s worth it. I worked 12 hr nights for 5 years.
I do per diem at both a home agency and flu clinic. Flu clinics start September here. You may want to see if you can atleast get a little experience doing that. You get to work on your patience with people already, trust me. 🙂
Hang in there and Good luck!!!
Post # 15
It’s like that where I live for LPNs. A lot of hospitals are going away from them, but there are still three training centers nearby that turn out 30 each every 6 months, so the job market is simply glutted around here.