Hi all, just wanted to say first of all that I love reading everyone's posts and you have given me a lot of motivation for moving forward with nursing school
I have a question about nursing experience-- when someone is a newly graduated RN, is it hard to find a nursing job if you have no prior experience in health care? I know there is a nursing shortage and what not, but real life experience with people has shown me that it's not as easy to get that first nursing job as some people think.
My dilemna is- I just started working in an assisted living facility as a CNA while attending nursing school. I am really struggling with this job, especially with lifting residents since I'm pretty small and generally a wimp when it comes to muscles. My back is killing me beyone belief.
But, I am not sure if I should try to keep this job since it might help my resume out when I am finally an RN. What do you think? Is it possible to get that first RN job without much prior healthcare experience? As a side note, I have years of experience at a desk job which I'm sure won't help much. I tried and tried to get a hospital job recently instead of a being a CNA in a nursing home, but I couldn't get any HR departments to call me back. I also do love taking care of the residents/patients I work with now, so many of them are just so sweet and really brighten my entire day. But I am really having trouble with the lifting. And there's a lot of poop, which isn't too bad, but it isn't the greatest thing either.
Opinions? I need help!
Sep 22, '06
Thanks all for your replies. After another day, I am feeling it in my upper and lower back! I did call an HR recruiter today, for a hospital though, to bounce some questions off of her and she was pretty helpful. FYI, she told me that most new nursing positions are in pretty general areas and that you need more experience to get into specialties.
To answer your question, Wise Woman, I am in the McHenry County/Lake County area and as a coincidence, I am thinking about getting about getting into Rehab nursing myself one day (in the future, of course, once I build a base with general nursing). How do you like it?
Last edit by socishan on Sep 22, '06
Sep 22, '06
I was a corporate worker for about 3 1/2 years after I finished up with my M.S. degree (I graduated with my BA at 21 and my MS at 23). Talk about a big difference!!
Last edit by socishan on Sep 23, '06