I am a new RN, graduated in May. My first job was in the rehab dept of a LTC and assisted living facility. I quit because I relocated. Before that, I worked as a CNA in LTC. Anyway, I moved to Pensacola, FL from TN about a month ago. Not only am I homesick, I am having a hard time finding a job.
I don't know where I want to work. I feel so comfortable in a LTC/SNF/rehab. I like having the same patients and schedule everyday. Problem is, I don't really get the opportunity to utilize all of my skills, which I feel is important as a new grad. I get stressed out easily, so it is easy for me to gravitate towards working in a nursing home or rehab. With all the stress of moving and missing home, I don't want a super stressful job. So I have applied at six different nursing homes. One called back, and I do have an interview tomorrow. But the position is for 11-7 full time, not too happy about the hours mainly because I know I will have a big pt load on that shift.
There are three big hospitals in the area. I think I could get hired on but I am afraid they would stick me in a department I hate. I don't have much experience, so probably med-surg, which I did three semesters of in nursing school. I know they say to get a years worth of med-surg, but I don't really want to.
I went on an interview today for assisted living. The administrator, who is also the owner and an MD, made me feel like an idiot for applying. He wanted to know why I wanted to work as a pill pusher versus in a hospital setting. He said he could pay a med tech $8/hr to do my job, but it looks better to have an RN on staff, that's what families want to see he said. He would orient me with a med tech because there are no nurses on staff now. I was told I would not get to do nearly any nursing duties because it is assisted living. Only PO meds, no wound dressings, labs, anything. And my patient load would be about 75. I am not interested. At least in a nursing home, I would get to use some of my skills. I am also interested in becoming a nurse practitioner one day, maybe geriatrics. Would working in a hospital be a better place to gain experience?
I don't know what to do. Working in a big hospital intimidates me. I just applied online at one of the hospitals for a graduate nurse position. Maybe they will call, or one of the other places I applied. Does anyone have any advice? I am ready to pack up and go back to TN where I know I can get a job I feel comfortable in. But now, I need to work and save up enough money to pay my moving expenses to get back and find a place once I am there.
Am I being too picky? Should I just suck it up and get a job working med-surg in a big hospital? Am I selling myself short by not working in a hospital? I am so confused and depressed. And I feel like a total loser with no job.
Any advice would be greatly appreciate, and thanks for letting me vent.