Red Responds: She Just Wants to Be a Nurse

Misty in Hawthorn writes:

I just graduated from nursing school and have been having a hard time trying to find a job. I have tried several hospitals and a nursing home – but I haven’t had any luck. I am lost right now, and do not know what to do. Please give me any advice you might have on what to do… I am already losing hope. I am in deep need of your guidance.

Dear Misty,

Searching for employment in this troubled economy can be quite a traumatic experience, so you need to do what you can to stay positive. Being a new graduate means that you are competing for positions with other nurses who have experience, so maintaining a positive attitude is even more important for you!

If you were willing to relocate, your job search would be much easier, but you seem to be firmly rooted where you are. Because of that, you need to explore every avenue. While I do see you finding a job in a clinical setting, don’t limit yourself by focusing on only the larger establishments. Apply for positions with hospices, satellite facilities and private practices as well. You should also register with an employment agency, as well as checking with your local unemployment office for job placement assistance.

Don’t let your frustrations and fears get the best of you. You will be working by mid-November, so you just have to keep trying and keep looking. Someone is going to help you out, because the job you land will come from a direct referral. It could be from an agency, or it could come from someone who interviews you – but doesn’t hire you. Whoever this man is, he knows of an opening that you could fill, and will try and help you out as a random act of kindness. Remember – light energy and a bright smile can be infectious, and vibrant energy attracts luck and kindness. So, stay positive and don’t lose hope, because you are going to be given a break.

Good luck!
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