I would love your input on this....
So I have a unique opportunity that presents some interesting pros and cons. I was curious what the nursing community would have to say about this...
I graduate in Dec of this year from an accelerated BSN program, out of one of the best critical care hospitals on the East Coast. My first degree was in Health Psychology, and I worked with a group of physicians in Nicaragua for a year and a half, triaging patients, moderating, translating for medical groups, and teaching. We're talking boondocks medicine here (No pulse oximetry, all clinical diagnosis, x-ray is considered a luxury, etc.)
They have invited me back to work as an RN...in part because they know me well and because they need the support. Its a lot of emergency medicine and uphill-primary care.
I plan on completing my MSN as an FNP after a few years of work. I also want to gain the experience needed to be a competent professional in the states...
Knowing how hard it is to find a job for new grads (esp. in CA and western MA), I was considering taking the Nicaraguan NGO's offer, but I am afraid I won't be "hirable" on returning. Many of the nurse elders stick to the "year-o-med-surg" dictum, but some say I should go for it.
What looks better to grad schools and employers:
Try-damn-hard-to-get-a-med-surg-job-or-ICU-job right out of school, and do what everyone else does?
I'm honestly up for either!
Excited to hear your input (esp. from those nurse managers and recruiters out there...)
Hi New Grad,
I have been a nurse for 19 years as an ICU nurse, nurse manager and manager of an outpatient department and think you have a great opportunity. Being a nurse is not just about the specific clinical experience you have but who you are and the ability to think critically is the most important skill. Anyone can learn to operate a piece of equipment or follow a specific protocol but the skills developed when everything isn't set are essential.
To be honest, I found your post by accident as I searched the web for job opportunities in Nicaragua. So I joined allnurses to speak to you. My family and I are looking at moving to Nicaragua in the future and I would love to know how you found the organization that you previously worked for and who are now offering you the position. In that area you are more experienced than me. Any information you would like to share on that I would greatly appreciate.
Last edit by Gardener5 on May 27, '10
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