I'm a new Registered Nurse and I am currently working on my job hunt. I'm hitting a lot of road blocks where they want X amount of years in experience. (Should I apply anyways?) I've been in the medical field since 2006 and I have worked in an array of specialties ranging from Infertility, Telephone Triage, Inpatient Psych, and Primary Care.
I was a Certified Medical Assistant before becoming an RN. I worked for the VA for about 4 years before I had to sadly leave to finish the last year of my nursing program. I'm trying hard to get back to the VA. Veterans are a population I feel passionate about working with. I am marked as a direct hire within our local VA but I fear they are also going to want my to have X amount of years in before hire. So while I am waiting to see how that unfolds (The VA can be known to be a long process), I am searching for something else.
As I do my searches, aside from the experience requirements snagging me, I catch myself trying to figure out what would be best for my nursing career and my own happiness. Becoming an RN opens up so many doors and now I just need to explore.
Advice is always welcome, and I love to chat. I look forward to encountering all you awesome nurses and future nurses!