I'm trying to map out my nursing career.
As a new-grad, will working in ambulatory care limit your future options as a RN?
I'm asking because once a new-grad works as an RN - they are no longer eligible for new-grad programs. On the other hand, if an ambulatory care RN has no other experience, they are not competitive for acute care positions such as the ER or ICU right?
Can you even move on to a med-surg unit if you are competing in a pool of experienced RN's with hospital experience?
I hope that I'm wrong and that clinic nursing isn't the end of the road.
Big thanks to all those with helpful advice!
Thanks for your reply Dutch!
Did you face any particular stumbling blocks when applying to the SICU? Was there any negative feedback in relation to your qualifications to work in critical care as former ambulatory care RN?
Also, most importantly for me to know, did you have hospital experience prior to working in ambulatory care?
Last edit by MJ415 on May 11, '12