I graduated with my BSN in 2001 and was going to get a minor in health education, but I could not finish because of family matters. I could not even review and take my NCLEX. I worked at a non-nursing job for about five years and then began doing health education workshops for people living with chronic conditions. When I worked with these patients, I felt the urge to get back into clinical nursing and get some hands-on experience.
I got out my nursing books and reviewed them and recently passed the second route. When I started looking for an RN position, I found out the phenomenon you have mentioned is so true regarding the job market for inexperienced nurses. I have an interview for a new grad RN program, and Im excited and nervous. I feel as if this is my only chance and that I must take my best shot. Please advise me on how to prepare and how to respond about being out of nursing for such a long time.
Dear Donna replies:
Congratulations on passing NCLEX! That is quite an accomplishment and should be celebrated. In spite of a tight job market, you will be able to get your nursing career started. Its great that you have an interview coming up, but its not your only shot. Read the article Interview to Knock Their Socks Off at www.dcardillo.com/articles/knock.html to be sure to interview well. Youll find additional related articles at www.dcardillo.com/articles.html.
Regarding your delayed start in nursing, be honest to a point and tell them life got in the way that you had family matters that needed your full-time attention, but those issues are now resolved and that you are eager and enthusiastic to start your nursing career.
You might add that theres no place youd rather start it than at that facility and that you would be grateful if they took a chance on you. If theres any way you can get your hands on a copy of The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career before then, youll read much more interview advice there. Find out more at www.nurse.com/ce/7250. Also, be sure to read Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition From Total Novice to Successful Professional as soon as you can to start your new career off on the right foot. Persistence and determination will always win out in the end!
Sending prayers and good wishes
your way for a positive outcome,