The Road To My First Job As An RN

Photo of me in my favorite city by BBMonet

Note: I know,  I know, I need to add a lot more photos and I will, but since its graduation season, I wanted to share my long journey to finding my first job as a nurse. Keep reading!

A week had already passed by the time I realized the one year anniversary of my blog had passed and by now it’s been a few months. I launched the blog on March 16, 2018 (fun fact: March 16th is National Everything You Do Is Right Day and that was intentional). I recently reposted my first ever blog post to the home page— in case you’re new, it tells you all about me and why I started the blog and the meaning behind the name “HeyTaeMama.”

In the same week as the one year Blogiversary, was also my seven year I-am-finally-done-with-nursing-school anniversary! I celebrated both of these by hosting a giveaway on my IG story. I sent the winner an entire box of fun things– thank you, Kadine, for your support.

I have been a nurse for seven whole years.

I am a nurse, I run a blog, I am a social media influencer, and omg I actually run my own business, so THAT makes me an entrepreneur, okurrr!! All credit to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Before any of this, I was that new grad, scared, yet eager. I remember interviewing for my first job like it was yesterday! I had applied for the job on a Wednesday, got a call-back on Friday,  interviewed on Monday, and received a job offer Tuesday.  I met my soon-to-be-manager and loved him from the start. It all just fell right into place, it was crazy! But, you know what was even crazier? The five months before all of that where I couldn’t get a call-back, or even an interview, to save my life…

Yep, that’s right. It took me five months to find my first job after graduation.

And, I was in shambles about it!

I felt like shit. 

I filled out dozens of applications during those months and couldn’t figure out what was going on!  Turns out, the local hospitals were hiring nurses that went to their respective schools or nurses that worked as nurse techs (nurse’s aids) on their respective units, but I had just moved to that state and had no connections whatsoever. A few months down the line, I ended up speaking with some natives of that state. I learned that they were big on hiring their own new grads as first choice, so although I attended a top school and had a great GPA, I was an outsider from out of state and they just weren’t trying to hear me. Looking back, I realize God had the foresight to know that a big change was coming, and His plan was best. 

After seven years as a nurse, what have you learned?

Here are my “radical” thoughts after seven years as a nurse:

  • I still like being a nurse, but there are also some units that I would rather be jobless before I’d ever accept a position there!
  • Staff bedside nurses should be paid more and should receive bonuses just as often as the managers do
  • I believe in safe nurse/patient ratios and think it’s a shame that we even have to ask/beg for this
  • Don’t be afraid to try things. Bedside is essential, but there are also so many other options (and, there is so much money and flexibility available to you when you step outside of the “typical”).  For example, travel bedside nursing, travel nurse educator, registry, infusion centers, concierge nursing, etc.
  • A unit’s nursing staff should be diverse (just as your patients are), units should aim to have high percentages of every race. Research shows that this improves outcomes for our patients!
  • It may be just another day at work to you, but to the patient, this could be a moment in their life that they never forget. ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT! MOMENTS MATTERS TO YOUR PATIENTS!

If you have made it to the bottom, thank you so much for sticking around and reading my words.

Next, you might as well read the most popular blog post from April 🙂



7 Comments Add yours

  1. Amber says:

    What are some units that you would never work on? Whew, I have worked in all types of ICUs and am now in dialysis and I can tell you, I am past the point of burning out! Slowly feel myself withering away at this point, which I feel terrible saying.

    1. Tae says:

      Anything that has to do with inpatient adults, lol! Only babies or outpatient/ambulatory for me.

  2. Grace Tennant says:

    Hey Taemama! Your site is beautiful and is so helpful to me as a nursing student trying to figure the wide world of nursing out!

    1. Lia says:

      I can totally relate to you when you said it took you 5 months to finally receive a job. I’m a new grad RN still searching for work. I feel God has a plan for me that is bigger and better than what I want or thought I wanted at that time. I have faith in that! It helps to know someone such as yourself, that is successful had a similar beginning as me but is flourishing now! Lots of the time people do not see the struggles just the outcome! Thank you for being transparent for those who really need to hear this!

  3. Cierra Chesnut says:

    I love this blog post about your journey. My first career choice was in sports medicine, and after I got my bachelors I realized that wasn’t what I wanted to do. Now in my second year of an accelerated nursing program and it’s so encouraging to hear about other people’s experiences! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Ashley Farmer says:

    5 months!!!!! That’s unbelievable Tae!!
    You had the whole package, high GPA and you attended an awesome school. When looking at your situation I feel like so many people would have been discouraged and questioned their life and career choice. I’m most amazed how you didn’t allow that to detour you from your purpose knowing that God was in it and in his timing it will all work out for good. Thanks Tae loved your story!!!!

  5. Rose says:

    Hey Tae! Just wanted to let you know that I found this blog post inspiring. It’s crazy how nursing is a high demand profession since there’s always a shortage of nurses YET it can be so difficult for us to find jobs. I was blessed to be able to get a job a month after graduation but many friends of mine still struggle to get callbacks so it’s reassuring to know that no matter how long it takes, there is a job for ALL NURSES.

    I’m a little over a year into bedside nursing on a medicine/telemetry unit and I would love to see you write a blog post where you discuss the various opportunities that can be explored with a nursing degree 💕

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