First let me write that I am super thankful to be gainfully employed as a new grad RN...so this isn't a rant thread. I'm just curious to know if you landed a job in the area that you wanted when you were in school? Also, if you didn't get the area you wanted are you happy where you're at now? Do you have plans to switch to your desired area in a few years when things turn around?
I worked in a skilled facility as an LPN but I always wanted to be a L&D nurse once I got my RN. Well, long story short I graduated in April '09, passed boards in June, and couldn't find a job till late Dec(and that was with a connection!). My area is substance abuse and about as far from L&D as you can imagine.
I was thrilled about finally getting an RN job and a pretty good one at that and I don't like to think ungrateful thoughts when so many can't find anything at all. I'm not exaggerating...the schedule...my co-workers....my head nurse....my nurse manager it's all good.
I'm really lucky to have this job and would have never got it if it wasn't for getting a little assistance. I even got my first review and it was glowing.
I truly have nothing to complain about.....yet I still have thoughts of wanting to work in L&D. Not that I could get a job in that area anyway so I'm stuck where I'm at for now. The job requires critical thinking but very little hands on and I'm losing my skills! I haven't dressed a wound or given an injection since Dec and street clothes are nice but I miss my scrubs sometimes.