Hi! A little background on me...I graduated with my RN last May. Right before graduation, my mother committed suicide. A month later my father had an MI and I somehow finished school. A few months after graduation, I moved out of state to be near my father and siblings. It was months before I could concentrate enough to study for the NCLEX. I didn't take it until October and thankfully, I passed. Since then I have been having problems with depression & anxiety that have held me back from seeking out a nursing job. I felt I needed to be in a better emotional space before embarking on such a stressful endeavor. Has anyone else taken time off after school for any reason? Did it hinder your getting hired? Did you feel like you forgot too much? I feel like the longer I let it go, the harder it has become to get out of this slump. Plus my anxiety problems are worrying me as I know starting out in nursing is already a very anxiety-producing situation for most. I feel like I might not be able to hack it on a med-surg floor right now, but I know it's hard to find jobs in other areas without med-surg exp. and everyone says you should start there. Any suggestions? Sorry I know this post is a little befuddled.