I need advice... I'm a new grad who moved to Southern California from GA (I knew what the job market was like but you don't get married to live apart) after getting married in October. I've found a couple of home health care job opportunities, but they don't really provide any training or preceptor type training before you are out there on your own.
I have my BSN and a year's worth of Med surg/Oncology/L&D externship experience. I have my BLS/NRP certifications and am working on my ACLS (but then again I don't know how helpful ACLS will be without any experience...)
My question is... is it safe/advisable to do home healthcare while I am constantly applying to hospital jobs and hoping for some hospital to say yes, even though I don't have any "RN" experience and these agencies are not willing to provide training?
I worry that if I do home healthcare, then I might end up being a home healthcare nurse for a long time(which is not what I want) and hospitals may not consider my experience to be "acute care experience"
I graduated in May 2011. GA licensed July 2011. California Licensed September 2011.
I'm going to start volunteering at a teaching hospital next week, so hopefully that will allow me to get my feet wet and meet people and something will turn up, but until then I would love to hear if anyone has any advice or suggestions regarding this home healthcare situation.
Good luck to all!