i am an RN with 17 years hospital experience in various departments. after being laid off from a facility that is undergoing downsizing and financial difficutlies, i have been unable to find employment. i feel reasons are as follows;
1. physical limitations (from many years of nursing?) prevent me from doing direct patient care
2. experience as a rural nurse leaves an excellent generalist but by no means a specialist in any of the areas nurses in more populated communitie are able to obtain
3. i live in a very rural area with few jobs which means i am trying to find a telecommute job
4. i do not live in a compact state nor in a state that does much telecommuting it seems (I am in Washington state)
so... does anyone have any suggestions for CAREER DIRECTIONS and how to better my chances of getting there? i am willing to do some training and refreshing in to different specialty areas, preferably on line. but i am willing to drive to my nearest city if i could get some practical clinical experience in these areas.
i have heard that communicating with other nurses can be a big help so i am appealing to anyone out there who has some suggestions.