Hello. I graduated in May 2012 and still no job. Technically I didn't start looking until after I passed NCLEX in August. I have only had 2 interviews but they went with someone with experience
. I applied in all the healthcare networks online in Illinois (Presence, Cadence, Advocate , etc. ). No luck. I even applied at a few nursing homes. I notice that a lot of jobs require or prefer ACLS certification.
1 Can a new grad not working yet (except some volunteering at a free clinic) take the ACLS course and exam to get certified so I can put it on my résumé ( I do want to get into critical care )? I don't want to pay the $250 plus fee if I can't .
2. Where can I go to in Chicago area to volunteer to get practical experience ? The clinic I do volunteer at doesn't give me experience in medication admin or treatments. I do get a lot of experience taking vitals, charting and patient education.
Thankfully I am employed in my current career in accounting where I have worked for over 20 years but I desperately want to get into my new field before I get too old. I am 45
Thanks for any advice you can give