I think you are doing yourself disservice by not
applying for RN positions.
Orientation for new graduates is usually 12 weeks. This is
enough time for you to get your feet week and be ready to get out on your own in your unit. Just make sure you are not placing yourself on a fast-paced unit (i.e. Progressive Care, "large" medical-surgical unit...) While a new grad program can be 6 months to a year in length----which is great, you need
to get in there and practice the skills you've learned in school!!!
If you take the route of a Long Term Care (LTC) facility, I would suggest you try to be assigned to a skilled nursing unit (you will gain practice with trachs, NG-tubes, G-tubes, IV's, PICCs, colostomies/iliostomies, etc.)
but better yet request to be placed on
an acute care unit (some have ortho patients right after surgery who are there at LTC facility for rehab before going home and patients are of all age ranges because with ortho patients these are usually elective surgeries which are usually only done on patients who have been deemed "healthy"; patients are usually there for 3-10 days at most)
As an FYI....most new grads/nurses never
feel fully prepared for their first assignment/job. It takes as much as 18+ months before a new grad really feels confident with their work. Each day is a new experience so you're always learning, learning, learning. Basically "putting all the pieces" together between what you've learned in school and what actually occurs at the workplace.
Shake off the bad nerves
and look a job on a unit that you will feel comfortable in that may not have that high of a nurse
atient ratio (i.e. 24-hour/short-stay unit, cardiac cath lab, step-down unit--a particular unit where patients are placed before being discharged home
, etc.). Once you've done this for about 6-9 months, I'm pretty sure you will
want to branch off into another unit where you can advance your skills.
Best of luck to you!!!