I recently found out that the teen substance abuse facility I'm working in is closing and I will soon be laid off. I've worked there as an RN for 4 years and really enjoy it! However, I wish to find a new specialty to work in to expand my skills and see if there is something else I like. To make a long story short, after I graduated nursing school
, I got married and pregnant very quickly and I was not able to work in the hospital pregnant (couldn't lift >10lbs). So I went on to work in home health and then substance abuse.
How on earth can I get into the hospital as a non-new grad nurse without any experience?? I have applied and applied like crazy and haven't had any call backs. I'm interested in working maybe med surg, ortho, tele, or even dialysis (sounds really interesting!!) and then eventually maybe mother-baby (they require hospital experience).
I know this anticipated transition will be hard at first and a learning curve but I'm motivated and willing. I think it would be great for my career and give me some new experiences.
Thank you in advance for any input! Its SO appreciated.
Jul 30, '17
Quote from sunshineccc
Good idea. I havent really wanted to go into (pure) psych but if it helps, I'd consider. Do you think there'd be enough training if I decide to cross-train to other floors being that I'm 6 years out of nursing school? I haven't done many skills aside from wound care and some IM injections.
Psych facilities vary so much among patient population and nursing responsibility in my eyes. There were certain psych floors in which acutely sick patient's were admitted who needed iv abx, fluids etc. and then there are others in which they wont even allow psych patients to floor if IV is needed.
Meanmaryjean offered great advice. Get your foot in the door and you may find that you enjoy all of psych and may even pursue psych nurse practitioner whenever u decide to advance if bored or desiring more money. Hospitals have to train employees to a certain degree otherwise they run the risk of losing millions for malpractice issues.
I'm sorry to hear about your job loss in an area you love bc nursing can be very difficult to find a good fit. Getting into a hospital will allow you greater training. I'm pretty sure that if you want to float to another department or etc. you will be given the opportunity to do so after some time (6month to year). Life is pushing you in another direction, be excited about it.
Last edit by gcupid on Jul 30, '17
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