Some of my younger GNIE classmates (Graduate Nurse, Internationally Educated Nursing Re-entry programme) are discouraged due to a lack of progress in their job search. One wrote that he has given up applying.
We completed our nursing re-entry training in Dec-2012. We met the requirements for CRNBC full practicing registration in Mar-2013. [Click here and here for details.] Some started applying for Registered Nurse jobs once we were granted Provisional Registration. Some, like me, waited until getting the Full Practicing Licence.
At times like this, I think it helps to take a look at the bigger picture. We aren't the only ones who face challenges finding a job in B.C., especially in the Lower Mainland. See the poster below for an example.
[25-Apr-2013: Poster at Metrotown Skytrain Station
urging local businesses to employ youths and
offering a $2,800 hiring incentive.]
[Aside: That's why when another classmate asked me if I was "into politics" some time ago; I replied, "No, I am not into politics per se. It is a tool, a means to an end." IMHO, politics affect so many areas of our lives that we cannot afford to ignore it. E.g. Healthcare funding -- the amount allocated, the distribution of resources, the policies/projects implemented to support access to healthcare, etc -- directly and indirectly affect our individual employment opportunity. "Up-stream thinking" is important.]
At a personal level, I think it helps to think back to why we chose nursing as a profession. Does the reason still ring true? Below is a touching poem by Molly Case -- a nursing student presenting at the 2013 Royal College of Nursing Congress (i.e. UK nursing congress) -- in response to the UK media's onslaught of criticism of the NHS (National Healthcare System).
Nursing the nation - by Molly Case
As for myself, I am taking my time in my job search, so as not to stress myself unduly. I am lucky, unlike the first time I entered the work-world decades ago, I now have the luxury of some financial leeway to prepare myself for more/wider job opportunities. My current focus is to convert my Singapore driving licence into a Canadian one so that I may opt to serve the remote (underserved) regions. Along the way, I am also learning basic French, building my professional network, occasionally revising my nursing knowledge, and volunteering (to keep my spirit upbeat).
I hope that things will work out for all of us. Wish us luck!