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I just finished school 1½ years ago, but I still haven’t found work. Should I look in a skilled nursing facility?

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Dear Donna

I graduated from an ADN program in 2008. I had multiple personal issues to deal with so I got my license seven months later. I am volunteering but have not found a job, although I had not started looking seriously until recently. One year and about five months have passed since I finished school, and I don’t have experience working as an RN. Should I take a refresher course? The market is awful — only RN II/experienced jobs are available. Should I look in a skilled nursing facility?

Lori

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Lori,

It is important that you get some type of nursing job soon. The longer you delay, the harder it will be for you to find something, and your self-confidence will start to dwindle. Beyond the hospital, look into acute and long-term rehab, outpatient hemodialysis, long-term acute care, long-term care, sub-acute care, cancer treatment centers, etc. You have plenty of options. Read “New Nurse, New Job Strategies” (www.dcardillo.com/articles/newnurse.html).

You say you are volunteering but you don’t say where. Be sure you are volunteering some place medical while you look for paid employment, such as a blood bank, local public health department, clinic, etc. You would benefit greatly from reading “Your 1st Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career. Find out more at www.nurse.com/ce/7010 and www.nurse.com/ce/7250.

Best wishes,
Donna

By | 2009-08-27T00:00:00-04:00 August 27th, 2009|Categories: Blogs, Nursing careers and jobs|0 Comments

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