To all the NPs out there, I really would like some honest advice on how to get back into the job market in the US.
A little background: I graduated from an excellent NP school in 2010 (in the US, I am a US citizen as well), however, when the bottom fell from under me and the economy imploded I was unable to get a job as a NP or as a RN. Running out of money, I had to move back to the place where I was born (I hadn't been there since I was a baby).
So I work as a Med-Surg Registered Nurse here (I don't want to name the place, because it is awful. Nursing standards are low and archaic. I feel like I'm working in the 1940s). I HATE it!!!!! I never wanted to be a hospital nurse. The insults, verbal abuse, threats, hostile/sexist remarks from physicians, and unethical treatment of patients I cannot take anymore. I learned in a much more advancing and empowering environment. All I do is clean poop, the patients don't care, and the residents don't want to listen to anything I have to say. The nurses are not allowed to think, intervene, or advocate for their patients.
I feel like a true failure. I went to school and struggled to become a Women's Health/Adult Health NP. I did everything right (I thought). 2 yrs post graduate degree and I am not working as a NP.
I believe I have some experience under my belt. HOW DO I BREAK BACK IN TO THE JOB MARKET?
Thanks in advance.
And consider getting a recruiter.. I do locum tenens with Staff Care. My original recruiter was a woman named XXXXX who was very good to me and then she transferred to primary care, I was told. I had an unusual situation and she was very helpful..some of the positions are locums to permanent and I think they also have a branch that hires permanent. I get recruiting ads several times per week from different companies for locums and permanent! You could just start making phone calls!!! Or check bulletin boards at Staff Care or other places..
Also to spiff up your resume, google Renee Dahring, NP Career coach. Lots of free suggestions!
There are jobs...just be persistent..good luck!!
Last edit by traumaRUs on Aug 10, '12
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