i'm an experienced nurse living in south florida with my BSN and 3 1/2 years experience in med/surg/tele and strong background in neurosurgery and gamma knife. i have been trying for over 2 years to enter into the ICU and have been told the residency is new grads only and that i need to go to other floors to gain more experience in different areas. i'm told the same thing when i apply to stepdown/pcu units.
I have also done national searches trying to find residencies for the experienced rn but to no avail. I know there are different areas of the country that prefer experienced nurses over new grads but i am having NO success finding them. i am willing, at this point, to relocate to another state if necessary to gain the experience i have been wanting. i have even considered going through the nursing program again
just so i can be a new grad once more (very desperate thinking i know).
before i rush to an extreme like that i could really use some help and advice. does anyone know any specific residency programs that will accept me? please fill me in on different specific locations i can apply. can you let me know if you have a strong professional development and education department at your hospital? my hospital claims to have my best interests at heart but i just feel oppressed. i attempt to keep my knowledge sharp myself by attending symposiums and conferences but it's no substitute.
i'm so frustrated i don't know what to do and i feel all my schooling and critical thinking are not being used and consequently i'm losing the ability to really understand what is going on with my patients. If you can suggest anything at all to improve my resume: classes etc..
please help! i'll do anything!!
Frustrated in Florida