You all gave me some great advice
when I was in nursing school, but economics being what they are, my unit was not hiring new grads. Turns out no units in the greater SF Bay Area (where I live) are hiring new grads, and everyone requires 1 year of acute care experience.
What I've tried so far:
- Applied for literally hundreds of jobs online at hospitals within a 100 mile radius of my home.
- Applied to all the prisons within a 100 miles or so of my home.
- Physically gone to several hospitals and brought resumes in person to nurse managers on Med Surg floors and the ER.
- Had an "informational interview" with a nurse manager to get ideas (she told me to move to the South).
- Physically brought resumes to every Skilled Nursing Facility I can find in my city.
- Applied for clinic jobs as they come up on craigslist.
I am trying to avoid moving, mostly because I'm a single parent and I don't want to uproot my kid, and even if I did, I'd have no one to babysit her in a strange city while I was working nights. But I am considering it, so if you happen to live somewhere that is experiencing the legendary nursing shortage, do let me know!
I have a per diem gig doing flu shots, but that's all I've managed to get.
Do you have any suggestions for things I can try doing? A type of nursing I haven't thought of? A certification I could get that would make me look good despite being a new grad? Anything?
Thanks so much.