A real nurse VS. a "fake" nurse

  1. The last year has been pretty rough for me.

    During the winter holidays, I was laid off by my work. Since then I started looking for a new job but it was a bit difficult as I was in the midst of completing my BSN; and every agency wanted to see your degree upfront. I moved back in with my parents, temporarily to save on rent.

    Fast forward to last week. I was offered a job; but it's not a "real nursing job". It's a job with an insurance agency that involves some field work. This is not like home care; it's more of an "assess and coordinate" thing. At first I was excited because it pays well and I would finally get insurance coverage - however now I am having second thoughts.

    My ideal goal is to be in a hospital, and emergency room - dealing with real patients, being hands on.

    I'm afraid that taking on this position will make me look less favorable to hospitals. I am very thankful for the opportunity. I am just not sure if this in an appropriate path. I will finish my BSN this December. Previously, I worked 3.5 years in an outpatient clinic setting.

    Please let me know if you have any advice; THANKS
    Last edit by Brian S. on Sep 25
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  2. 25 Comments

  3. by   dishes
    Gaps in employment do not make you a desirable applicant and holding off until you finish a BSN under the illusion that the BSN will open doors to a position in the ER is wishful thinking. If you live in area where the nursing job market is saturated, take the job that has been offered to you and re-frame your definition of 'real nursing'.
  4. by   sallyrnrrt
    Take the job offer...
    It's work and experience...

    If your goal is ER,bi understand how...

    This job offer could actually enhance your critical thinking....& enhance your RN tole as in triaged....
    Old adage, a bird in thr hand.""better than 2 in the bush....
    Best wishes
  5. by   missmollie
    There is no such thing as a fake nurse. You got a job offer! Yay! Take it, work at least a year, and apply at the hospital afterwards. It's always better to have experience than not.
  6. by   kakamegamama
    Congratulations on your job offer! I say "go for it!". Life, I have found in my years on this planet, usually has twists and turns, some expected, most not. But, each one CAN lead to things we never envisioned for ourselves. It may not be what you'd like for it to be now, but it could be very well a job that opens doors for you that you never thought you could walk through. I wish you the best as you complete your BSN education and in your future.
  7. by   Everline
    Fake nurse? I really don't understand when people say things like that. But as you see it, so it shall be for you.

    If I were in your position, I'd change my thinking and take the job. JMO.
  8. by   Elfriede
    Did not got the dreamjob?
    What a pity.
    Wellcome to the real world!
    Take what you can get.
    A locked door may open other - even better - careere chances.
    Ignoring an opportunity is the worst you can do.

    Just try it.
    If it not fits - You can still drop it down.
    Last edit by Elfriede on Sep 24
  9. by   araew2129
    I know someone who took a similar position right after nursing school. Turned out that she stayed in that position, moving up the ranks, makes very good money and is now able to work from home and spend much more time with her toddler. So I say, take the job, see where it leads... it may even lead you to the position you want!
  10. by   TriciaJ
    A paycheque and health insurance? What's not to love? As others have said, any job will make you look better to a hospital than no job. Go for it.
  11. by   DowntheRiver
    You have BSN after your username but say in your post that your BSN will not be complete until December...
  12. by   Penelope_Pitstop
    Based on posts here, I think a *lot* of nurses would love a job opportunity like this! People are always looking to leave the bedside. I understand that you want a different area of nursing, but trust me that this a real nursing job and most likely a coveted one.

    Although I do understand feeling "less than" when working outside of acute care. I work home health right now and there are, sadly, a lot of people who feel that this isn't a "real" nursing job. Well, we have to change that attitude!
  13. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from okredrobot
    The last year has been pretty rough for me.

    During the winter holidays, I was laid off by my work. Since then I started looking for a new job but it was a bit difficult as I was in the midst of completing my BSN; and every agency wanted to see your degree upfront. I moved back in with my parents, temporarily to save on rent.

    Fast forward to last week. I was offered a job; but it's not a "real nursing job". It's a job with an insurance agency that involves some field work. This is not like home care; it's more of an "assess and coordinate" thing. At first I was excited because it pays well and I would finally get insurance coverage - however now I am having second thoughts.

    My ideal goal is to be in a hospital, and emergency room - dealing with real patients, being hands on.

    I'm afraid that taking on this position will make me look less favorable to hospitals. I am very thankful for the opportunity. I am just not sure if this in an appropriate path. I will finish my BSN this December. Previously, I worked 3.5 years in an outpatient clinic setting.

    Please let me know if you have any advice; THANKS
    If you haven't got a BSN, you can't use "BSN" in your username.

    Change your attitude and take the job. It may not be your dream job, but it will pay the rent and the health insurance.
  14. by   KelRN215
    How is a nurse who works as an insurance company NURSE (a position for a licensed nurse) not a "real nurse"?

    I haven't worked in a hospital in 5 years and I'm still very much a real nurse.

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