Im a new grad since May and I can't find ANY jobs in this market. Homecare tells me I need 1 yr of experience. Nursing homes tell me I need experience and even the assisted living facility did not hire me. They said I could give flu shots. I'm sorry but I could have taken a phlebotomy course if I wanted to give flu shots.
I don't know what to do besides go back to school. If I get a bsn, am I eligable to apply for a CCRN program? Will this help me step foot in the hospital? Surely, the school will give me experience as a CCRN in clinicals and then I can work in a hospital.
Is this a bad idea? What about WOCN? I hate wounds but would that help me get somewhere?
I'm confused by your statement, "They said I could give flu shots. I'm sorry but I could have taken a phlebotomy course if I wanted to give flu shots."
Flu shots are given IM, phlebotomy is drawing blood out of a vein. They are not even remotely related. But even giving flu shots may have gotten your foot in the door...at this point it's better to grab anything that would give you some experience.
Last edit by Neveranurseagain on Sep 24, '10
First off congrats on becoming a RN. However, in order to become a CCRN (critical care "certified" registered nurse) you must have about 2 years of bedside ICU experience. Then you must take the CCRN exam and pass of course. I'm not sure if you mean CCRN or CRNA (certified registered nurse anesthetist). I don't think there are CCRN programs, but there are CRNA progams. Most CRNA programs also require a minimum of 2 years of ICU experience along with a BSN. Like the previous poster stated, flu shots and phlebotomy are unrelated as the pp explained. Giving flu shots still pay the bills and count as nursing experience. Get the flu shot job while you wait for something else. Good luck.
Last edit by himilayaneyes on Sep 24, '10