Nurse returning from Iraq with NO nursing experience!

  1. I am brand new to this site and I actually stumbled upon it looking for a way to go from LPN to RN. I finished my LPN courses in the summer of 2006, two days before I got deployed to Iraq....I know, lucky I finished! However, I was deployed as a truck driver, not a nurse. BORING! So, I passed my boards in August last year and haven't spent a single day since then doing any type of nursing skills, and now I'm faced with an intimidating task. FINDING A NURSING POSITION! I'm nervous because I have been out of school for over a year, and had a difficult time keeping up with nursing material while overseas. I have no experience and feel as though I lost a lot of skill from lack of use. Any recommendations from the crowd?? I appreciate all comments and want to say a big hello to all the nurses out there!
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   SuesquatchRN
    Well, hello, and welcome home! Thanks for your service.

    You won't have a problem getting a job in a nursing home.

  4. by   kaylalee2
    I guess my main concern is finding a facility that is willing to work with my "lack of experience" for a lack of better words. I don't necessarily want to work in a nursing home as an LPN. I worked at one for several years as a CNA and saw the small range of skills that nurses perform....at least in my area. I feel that a Long Term Care facility would only decrease my skill level further. Oh and by the way...I talk, A LOT!
  5. by   SuesquatchRN
    Well, talk away!

    I don't know where you are, but I'm in NY, and it's difficult to find a non-LTC or doctor's office LPN job. There are some, but they're largely held by people who have been there for years.
  6. by   Silverdragon102
    Welcome

    Hope you find something but guess a lot of leg work at your end. Good luck
  7. by   Tweety
    Good luck to you. Consider yourself a new grad and look for new grad jobs that will have a good orientation.
  8. by   underpaidrn
    First of all, let me say thank you to you. Your unselfish dedication to your country allows all of us on this site to enjoy the freedom we have. I thank you very much. As a veteran, you should not have any problems in obtaining a position. I wish you the very best and welcome to the site. May you be blessed in all that you do.:kiss
  9. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from kaylalee2
    I...I don't necessarily want to work in a nursing home as an LPN. I worked at one for several years as a CNA and saw the small range of skills that nurses perform....at least in my area. I feel that a Long Term Care facility would only decrease my skill level further.....

    I was a CNA in LTC for years. I thought I knew what the deal was with LTC nursing. Boy, was I wrong.


    You may have a whole different perspective of LTC nursing, now that you actually are a nurse.


    Glad you made it back from Iraq okay.
    Last edit by Hellllllo Nurse on Oct 22, '07
  10. by   Diary/Dairy


    Glad to have you here and good luck finding a job.
  11. by   CITCAT
    :spin: kaylee there are jobs at the veterans adminstration you have priviledge go for it you maybe surprized
  12. by   SuesquatchRN
    And how's the job search going?

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