Long story short, I graduated May 2012 with my ADN. I was licensed last September. After almost 8 months of applying to hundreds of hospital positions, I gave up and decided to branch out to local LTC facilities. I was able to land a job last month in LTC.
So far, my experience has been pretty HORRIBLE. Critical supplies (alcohol pads, med cups, blood pressure cuffs) are always in short supply or just nonexistent. I work 11p-7a part time so I'm responsible for medicating, documentation, treatments, etc... For almost 50 residents. There are at least 8 PEGs and accu checks. Everything is still paper, the environment and culture is very punitive as well. Even tho there are other nurses in the building, I'm usually the only other RN besides the supervisor. I feel like every shift I walk into this place, I'm risking my license.
Although my experience is bad, I have picked up valuable skills during this timeframe. I have always wanted to do ICU nursing since I started nursing school. I did work in a hospital for about a year as a tech on a ICU/PCU floor but when they hired new nurses, I was not chosen. At the time that resigned (because I found employment as an RN), I was told I was eligible for rehire. I've revamped my résumé to include the skills I've learned from working this job.
Is there any other advice you guys can give me to help me in my situation? I want to get out of this facility so badly, but unfortunately, it's my only source of income. Questions and comments appreciated.