hi, i'm an 'old' new grad (june 2011) who has recently relocated to a city that has more opportunities for new grads. I'm a second degree RN who moved back to cleveland after 10 years in NYC (where the RN job market is REALLY bad).
i have a few possible leads regarding jobs and i'm trying to decide which avenue to pursue and what will most likely eventually lead me to a hospital job in an acute setting.
1. working at a Long Term Acute Care facility. (this is currently my focus)
2. working in Long Term Care (is there any hope at all of moving on to an acute position after working in LTC? i know the stigma exists, but some hospitals must consider this decent first job experience?)
3. trying to get a PCNA job in a large hospital, putting in my time there, networking like crazy and hoping it leads to an RN position eventually?....
4. working as an IVF RN coordinator at a large fertility clinic in NYC (would i be able to move on to an acute hospital job after this type of work? or would i be stuck in IVF? perhaps it could lead to an OB/Gyn type job?...
5. Home Health. (is it considered better or worse than LTC in terms of leading to a hospital position?)
any input would be greatly appreciated!!
these are also things i am in the process of completing in order to build my resume:
* enrolled in a nursing refresher course to keep my knowledge/skills up
* taking IV therapy certification course for LPN/RN
* taking a 12-Lead EKG seminar
* volunteering as a patient advocate at the cleveland clinic