Dear Nurse Beth,
I need help with finding a Nursing job. I graduated four years ago and only held an RN position for 4-5 months at a family office. I have a problem that I pass out at the sight of blood so it's been hard to find work.
I currently work as a medical assistant at a medical office, but the pay is not as good and I'm not using all of my nursing skills. The doctor is thrilled to have an RN on staff while only paying half of the salary an RN would get, but I feel like I could do better.
Is there any place you would recommend for someone who passes out at the sight of blood to get a job? I'm looking into home health, and I've also applied to allergy offices. Maybe psychiatric nursing? My resume is also a mess, I look like a job hopper. I took on many small jobs just to get paid something so I can continue paying my bills, including jobs like child summer camp jobs or temporary jobs people who live with their parents and go to school would work, not related to nursing at all. I worry I won't be able to get a job as an RN because of my resume, and also because I pass out at the sight of blood. Any advice?
Dear Faints at the Sight of Blood,
My question is, how did you get through nursing school
when you pass out at the sight of blood, and did you know this about yourself when you chose nursing?
That's a serious limitation when looking for a nursing job, and you have an additional challenge in that you graduated 4 years ago and essentially have no nursing experience.
You will be asked to explain 4 years of not pursuing a job as an RN. You must be able to convince an employer your are now committed to nursing as a career.
Psychiatric nursing may be good in that there's no active bleeding (but there may be blood sampling). It is not recommended to go into home health without 1-2 years of acute care experience. You might be able to find something in spa or cosmetics, and advance from an entry level position with experience and more training.
You must really pull out all the stops now to land a job as an RN, but if you are strategic and determined, it can be done. I know you have determination because you got through nursing school
.Your resume must be error free, and targeted to each individual employer. If you land an interview, your interviewing skills have to be stellar. These are all skills that can be learned.
Your immediate goal is to land a job to get your foot in the door and start your career- not to land your ideal job.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!
I work in home health, we do skilled nursing.
I have one patient for my shift. In my three years of working, I have not been in a situation where I have even seen blood. Might be a good option for you. Feel free to PM me with questions. Good luck!
Also, in home health they have case manager positions. No contact with patients.
Last edit by MandieDandy on Mar 18
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