I’ve been waiting to post on here because I wanted my next update to have news of an awesome new job! Well, I’ve officially been an RN for a little over two months and no job yet.
Besides, of course, my part time job injecting muscle-paralyzing toxins into people’s faces – what we do for beauty!
Actually, it turns out administering Botox is actually pretty fun. It’s what I imagine being a hair stylist would be like, and I’ve always kind of wanted to be a hair stylist.
In college I bought a pair of clippers and hair-cutting scissors and cut all the guys in my wards’ hair for free/cookies/food.
My roommates hated having boy hair on the kitchen floor.
Cosmetic injections are kind of the same thing.
I’m making people look beautiful, I have my own clients who I love and who come to me every few months for touch-ups, we get to chat during the process, I work at a spa/salon type place…
only instead of clipping hair, I’m sticking needles into peoples’ faces.
Which is more fun anyway.
(My patients are always that peaceful!)
And, you’re probably wondering if I’ve had Botox.
The answer is yes.
Don’t you judge me!
Before and after:
Same facial expressions, no more wrinkles!
And no, I don’t care that I can’t move my face, because it can still raise my eyebrows
and effectively pout to Nate.
Anyway, on the REAL, saving-the-world, nursing job front:
I’ve applied to over 100 hospital jobs. And not a single offer. Not even an interview.
And I’m not even being picky!
(ok, I’m being a little, tiny, itty-bitty bit picky)
I KNOW what your thinking:
“I THOUGHT WE NEEDED NURSES, WHY THE HECK CAN’T YOU GET A JOB”
Let’s address that here and now, because if I hear it one more time, I MIGHT punch someone in the face.
Yeah, apparently the world needs nurses. But no one wants a new nurse, with no experience. It’s expensive to train new nurses, plus with the recession there are plenty of old nurses who are going back into the workforce to earn a little more money for their families. A nurse with 1 year of 20-year-old experience will beat out a new graduate nurse any day.
Here is a little piece of what us new-grads are going through:
First of all, every one of my applications comes back within a few hours, sometimes minutes – I get an email saying “after thorough consideration of your application … we have found someone else … blah blah blah”
I cried the first day. Now I’m surprised if it takes more than a day to get rejected.
After I realized the conventional application process wouldn’t work, my friend Marilynn and I decided to go for the gusto and try to talk with the hiring managers ourselves. In person.
Me and Mar – before we realized the world of nursing was a sad and lonely and jobless place…
At the first hospital we tried we asked the secretary if we could speak with the nurse manager. She called around a little until she found the nurse manager. She told her there were some women here to see her, and things were looking good! Then she asked what we wanted to see her for. We said we were new-grads and we would like to talk to her about job opportunities.
Her response to the nurse manager on the phone:
“Ooooh, they are new-grads. Sorry. You want me to tell them you are in a meeting?”
WE WERE STANDING RIGHT THERE!!!
Someone told me last week it’s taking on average a YEAR for new-grad nurses to find jobs. My cousin who has been an ER nurse for 2 years told me the other day some people from her graduating class STILL haven’t found jobs. All I can say is…
NOW YOU TELL ME!?!
So my new goal is have a job by Halloween, possibly to be moved to Thanksgiving, possibly to be moved to Christmas.
If not, I may just forget saving the world and stick with Botox full time.
After all, I do love putting needles in peoples’ faces….
(that’s more like it!)