I am a new graduate RN who has recently been offered a job at an Ohio correctional facility. Sadly, I've applied to approximately 100+ RN job openings & the only 2 offerings I've gotten were for a summer camp that's through Big Brothers/Sisters & would only be from June-August, & the second was this correctional facility. Who would have thought finding an RN job would be so tough?!
As a new grad, I'm definitely looking for the best experience possible, so I'm hoping for some feedback on what to do since getting a hospital & long term care facility job has been impossible (I've been applying for months now). I did my practicum in a pediatric ER, but I know the situations I'll see in the correctional facility will be a lot different. I'm feeling a bit under prepared, but at the same time I'm so discouraged from being rejected with the whole "sorry, you don't have enough experience" over & over again! Any advice about new grads in correctional facilities &/or opinions on which would be better experience (summer camp vs. corrections) for a new grad trying to eventually get into a hospital setting (I'd love to do PACU or surgery someday) would be greatly appreciated!