So, whew! I did it, with four kids, one born right before my final semester. I was able to nurse and maintain my GPA. While I know they say," what do they call the nurse that graduates last in her class, RN!" I wanted to have something in this competitive market to make me stand out. I maintained Dean's List Status up until this last semester, but still have all A's and B's. I was in a locally recognized program that is known for producing RN's that hit the ground running (ASN-2 year program). I am returning in August for the accelerated Bachelors program and will be completing that in 18 months. I have outstanding clinical references from my instructors and also have 10 years experience as a CNA. While I was drawn to nursing for reasons beyond pay, the job security was also a factor. That is just not the case. I applied for a nurse residency program and was one of 460 graduate nurses applying for 71 positions. I did get a second glance but with preference given to those who did externships, or already holding positions within the hospital, along with having their own graduates, I feel lucky to have gotten that. I have applied for other positions at other hospitals...but with no luck as of yet. I am going to take the NCLEX as soon as they receive my info and I can set a date. My question...I need income now! I have applied at the one facility I really want to work at, for a position that requires no license. I feel with the market being flooded I should just set my sights on continuing on to become specialized. I am aware that December graduates are still looking for positions despite the fact that there are numerous hospitals in the area. Should I apply for positions that I am qualified to do that do not require my RN License? Wait it out? I have been living on student loans but have NO DESIRE to do that anymore. I feel so depressed, I should be celebrating my achievement but instead I feel such a let down...all that hard work, sacrifice made by myself and my family, studying endlessly for the best grades and then...nothing. Ugh! I thought everything would change and here it is, still the same...any body else having this experience?
Edited by frolick16 - 5/10/11 at 8:57pm