I have been a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist since 2002. A few years ago, I decided to attend nursing school. Due to financial reasons, I attended a ADN program, and have since graduated and have had my RN license since 2009.
Without going into my history of job searching, I will just say that I tried EVERYTHING, but was not able to get a nursing position, even with a 3.8 GPA, stellar references, and both ACLS and BLS certifications. I have spoken with several seasoned nurses here in the San Francisco Bay Area who believe I have just suffered from bad luck. I do not have the resources to attend any more education at this time.
Is anyone aware of any avenues potentially open for someone with my unique background that I may not be aware of? I really wanted to work in the nursing field and believe I have a lot to offer nursing and the patients. I am a mature, intelligent and compassionate person who just wants to help others. I have never before had an issue getting a job. I received good feedback about my interviews, had my resume reviewed and am now at a loss regarding my current options. I have applied for transition to practice programs, and no longer qualify as a new graduate because of my graduation date. I completed a skills review course in 2011.
I appreciate any feedback you could give me.