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Sorry, You’re Overqualified

Posted by isntshelovlei on August 26, 2010

I know the sucky job market is probably a sore topic at this point, but I figured I might as well add my own sucky experience to the heap…

I’ve decided that I want a tech job—like yesterday. Some people think I’m nuts—I get a lot of “You’re lucky to even HAVE a job” or “You work at a top health care facility—people would KILL to get a job there.” And they may be right. Though it may fall under the colorful umbrella of a facility that many SNs (including myself) would kill to work at as a nurse, right now I have a boring desk job. I sit in a dark corner of a very tall building and push papers all day (and I have the paper cuts to prove it). This is not to say that I am ungrateful for having this job. I do appreciate that said job allows me to pay the mortgage, bills, daycare, among other things. It’s just not what I want to do. I am, as Iyanla Vanzant would say, “in the meantime.” In my heart, I am a nurse. Though I still have four semesters to finish and boards to pass to make it official, those are just mere technicalities. I am nurse—hear me roar. 😉

I am so craving patient care at this point it is driving me nuts. Clinical rotations are a tease—wham bam thank you ma’am and they’re over. And since I can’t legally work as a nurse yet, I figure that a tech position will satiate me “in the meantime.” But just like everyone else out there looking for a job right now—I can’t find one either.

My biggest obstacle and the somewhat of a Catch-22 of it all is that I’m in nursing school. The very thing that makes me more qualified (or at least so I think), and gives me more experience (I also have a Medical Assistant background) also makes me seen as a risk. The first thing they gravitate to on my resume is when I finish school.”December 2011 eh? So that means you would be here what—a year and a half or so?…” They’re already thinking that I’m going to have my way with them and then leave the money (or the position rather) on the nightstand. And then they’ll be right back where they started—interviewing again. But I don’t look at it that way. I always apply for positions where theoretically there’d be an opportunity for me to stay on as a nurse after I complete my BSN. What would be better than hiring this awesome student nurse as a tech and then when she’s finished school hiring her as one of your nurses? By then she’ll have almost 2 years in at your department/unit, and will know the people, the policies, and the politics. It’s a win-win situation right? Apparently they don’t seem to think so…

So I’ve been on a couple interviews. During the last one, I had the opportunity to interview with the departments’ NP. The NP and I really clicked (at least I thought so anyway) and I could tell that I would love working with her and would learn a lot. So I had a good feeling about this one. She looked me in the eye and said she wanted to give it to me straight—”I looked at your resume and I thought ‘WOW, she’d be great!!’ But honestly, I think you’re overqualified—I think you’d be bored.”

*crickets chirping*

Huh—what?? Overqualified?!? 

Well alrighty then…

So after a brief episode of apnea, I pulled my palsied mouth shut.


6 Responses to “Sorry, You’re Overqualified”

  1. Oh dear, Have i heard that before. Consider the counter. I am currently a “tech” at the hospital and department in which I have a promised job and am somewhat interested in. I recently applied for an extern position at a neighboring hospital (the only one offering positions BUT I was VERY interested in working for when I graduate) and was declined an externing position (work as a SN w/o careplans during the summer under a nurse doing everything you’ve learned thus far). I was declined this BECAUSE I had “too much experience”. WTF? Are you kidding me? Because i work in a hospital already I have too much experience? I’m not a nurse, just a tech!! So ridiculous… Anyways.. I’m sorry that they think you are over qualified. So much for the advantages of getting ahead in todays world…

    Loved the post

  2. “Catch 22” has been my theme, as well. Not only is it rampant in nursing, it’s also the case in forensics. I have a masters degree in this area, but no paid “field experience” (most agencies don’t accept volunteer/intern work, lame). That field is way behind the new wave of university-based degrees in forensics/criminology – the people that currently hold the forensic lab or crime scene jobs don’t have college degrees in their fields but they do have 10-30 years of experience because back in the day CSI stuff wasn’t so cool and they’d hire anyone willing to be around gore!

    I also recently gave my resume to someone who works for the University hospital here in Colorado and she told me I was overqualified for any sort of unit secretary…well no duh, but I don’t give a crap, I just want some hospital experience! Are they afraid we’ll overstep them in their jobs? I don’t get it… *sigh*

    • isntshelovlei said

      That whole experience thing is why I didn’t do Medical Assisting that long. After I finished my program, of course I went on the job hunt. Everyone wanted you to have at least one year experience, but no one would hire you so that you could get that year of experience. It totally boggles my mind.

      Sent from my iPhone 4

  3. Morgan said

    I don’t know if you’ve already thought about this, buy one of my friends who is a nursing student works as a nurse fellow/tech where the idea of the position is exactl what you are looking for. Some of the jobs even state the position is only intended to be a 2-3 year transitional position for students. You usually have to have down at least one semester of clinicals, but that doesn’t seem like a problem for you.

    • isntshelovlei said

      Hi there. Thanks for your comment! Actually the positions I’ve been applying for are tech (type) positions. There are also some limited nurse extern opportunities, most of which are solely for the summer but some are year-round. The problem I’m having with those is that they seem to be mostly geared toward traditional day-time students (which is why most of the extern opportunities are during the summer when they don’t have school). Not only is my program year-round, but I have clinical on the weekends–most nurse externs are required to work (just) weekends. So when I have come across an opportunity, it conflicted with my school schedule. 😦

      So the search continues… 😉

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