Is all nursing experience treated the same? - page 2

Hello. I became a registered nurse a little over 2 years ago. Unfortunately for me, 3 months after I graduated while studying for the board exam, I was involved in an incident that left me with a... Read More

  1. by   purplegal
    Unfortunately, I am not positive that taking a geriatric nursing job is the right thing to do if you want to get into acute care. I, myself, have worked at a senior rehab center for 16 months. For the past two or so months, I have been applying to other nursing jobs and have been offered only 2 interviews which did not result in an offer, and declined from all of the others. In particular, I have had over 30 rejections at one employer. I am seriously concerned my position working in geriatrics is holding me back. I would avoid a geriatric nursing position, unless that is what you want to end up in. Otherwise you could end up stuck like me.
  2. by   newbienurse127
    Hello! It is definitely possible to transition into acute care with another type of nursing experience. I live in the Bay Area in CA where it is super hard to get a new grad job (lots of experienced nurses coming to get the big paychecks... can't hate! haha). I worked in community health for almost 3 years and then got a job in Med/Surg in an acute care hospital. It sounds like you have already overcome a lot and I wish you the best! I would start by applying for the jobs you are most interested in and if you are not getting responses move on to other jobs, get some experience and then re-apply to acute care jobs. Also, who knows, you may like whatever you end up doing. I enjoyed community health a lot and actually got a lot of experience handling emergencies! (People come to the clinic thinking it's an urgent care/ER and we have to stabilize). Good luck!
  3. by   Karrony
    Quote from purplegal
    Unfortunately, I am not positive that taking a geriatric nursing job is the right thing to do if you want to get into acute care. I, myself, have worked at a senior rehab center for 16 months.
    I am seriously concerned my position working in geriatrics is holding me back. I would avoid a geriatric nursing position, unless that is what you want to end up in.
    That sounds unfortunate. I wonder if being in a senior rehab facility is the main difference? I've applied to a geri-hospital that specializes in renal/diabetes along with general illness, so I could get certifications in those areas as well.
    Regardless, I hope everything eventually works out, and that you can eventually get out geriatrics to explore other departments.


    Quote from newbienurse127
    Hello! It is definitely possible to transition into acute care with another type of nursing experience.
    I worked in community health for almost 3 years and then got a job in Med/Surg in an acute care hospital.
    I would start by applying for the jobs you are most interested in and if you are not getting responses move on to other jobs, get some experience and then re-apply to acute care jobs.
    Thank you for advice. Even if I don't find an employer willing to take me into a med-surg area, I'll do my best to gain as much experience as I can with geriatrics. It may take a while before this certain employer deems I have enough experience, but I know I'll make it.
  4. by   SICUmurseCCRN
    i think any experience is better than none but you don't have to settle. almost everyone is hiring these days (some areas more than others) so you should be able to find something more to your liking. also, the first thing i thought of was maybe trying to get a job in neuro interventional, not as high stress as an ICU but great experience and more in line with your interests.
  5. by   smartnurse1982
    No.

    Some private Duty nurses have the hardest time getting hired in acute care.
  6. by   GoodDay2017
    Its all about how you sell yourself in your resume, cover letter, and entire application. Taking a non acute job does not mean you will never get a hospital job. We see many move to acute care after 6-12 months. Its all about leaning how to correctly apply for jobs, network, continue education & certs in the unit you truly want, and then nail the interview. Yes, it can be done, even in a saturated market. Yes, even with a gap. I re entered nursing after a gap, started non acute, landed dream job. Perseverance, persistence, revising that application for every job you want, getting out there, and meeting people, is how you do it. You are on the right track. I agree, take the job that is concrete, but keep applying for jobs you truly want.
    Last edit by GoodDay2017 on Aug 24, '17 : Reason: Ipad
  7. by   caffeinatednurse
    I was an "old" new grad a year ago. I was "out" of nursing for almost 2 years prior to that for several reasons, one of which being illness. I took a job in LTC for the experience. I stayed one year, got some supervisory experience under my belt, and then applied to a hospital. I start my new acute care job next week. It can definitely be done. Just find a job that you can put up with for right now, and that will pay your bills. Keep your goals in the back of your mind when it gets rough. Eventually you will get to where you want to be, if you work hard enough and stay patient.

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