I have lived in Indiana all of my life. I have vacationed in Las Vegas 4 times in the past 2 years, and I am in love with the area. I love the heat, the palm trees, and the sunshine! I despise the Indiana gloomy days, short summers, and long, cold winters. I am 48 years old and I feel that time is quickly slipping away. I began my career as a CNA for 6 years, LPN for 17 years, and I have been a RN for the past 2 1/2 years. My experience has been primarily in LTC, but always within the higher acuity and skilled patients. I have extensive experience with IVs/PICC/TPN, traches, vents, feeding tubes, wound care. I also have been MDS coordinator with careplanning and supervisory experience. It is my strong desire to work with critically ill patients, in a clinical setting. My stong desire to work with complex patients was my motivation to get my RN. I have been rejected by every hospital in my area (rural), and if I have to make a move to a larger metro area, I prefer to move to a warmer climate.
Am I too old or inexperienced to obtain a position in an acute care setting? I am a hard worker & never call in (knocking on wood). I prefer to work 12 hour shifts & I also like weekends. Is there any hope for a career for me in this area? Any and all comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated!