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 dont 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?
Dear Donna replies:
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 dont 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.