I am an RN with a bachelor's degree and 2 years experience on a renal telemetry floor. We are moving to Dallas, and I've been applying at several different hospitals in the region. The problem I'm having is that almost every position I'm interested in is more of a specialized area (OR, PACU, Nursery, NICU), and if the employers follow up on my application at all, it is only to tell me that candidates must have 1-2 years of experience already in that field.
How is it possible to get, say, surgery experience if nobody is willing to train perfectly capable nurses from other areas of expertise? They told us in nursing school
, "If you don't like what you do, you can always try another area that you like better." Well, I'm finding out that this is definitely NOT the case. It seems that the only people who are interested in hiring me are dialysis, renal floors, and med-surg units, which I am not especially interested in. I worked my two years at a job I was unhappy with because I knew that after my contract was up I'd be able to find a job I was happier with.
Since I've already become frustrated with nursing for a multitude of reasons, not being able to find a job that fits me is making me seriously consider leaving nursing and pursuing another career.
Does anyone have any suggestions how to get past this?