I'm new here. I've been a dental hygienist (RDH) for the past 20 yrs but lost 1 of my jobs recently which leaves me working 1 day a week. It's impossible to find another RDH job because my area, as well as nationwide, is saturated w/ too many RDHs. So I figured I'd go for RN because I already have the pre-reqs, I enjoy helping people, & the pay is comparable. But I worry about the toxic work environments, back-stabbing co-workers, chronic understaffing, long shifts, etc. A lot of jobs sound like snakepits. Is it mandatory or advisable for a RN grad to start in a hospital to gain experience? Some RNs sound so depressed & regret ever getting their degree. Yikes! What's a newbie like me to think? BTW, I should add that I'm 53, married, no kids, & my husband has a fairly stable income.
Any insight would be appreciated.
Jan 27, '13
by Pixie.RN, MSN, RN, EMT-P Senior Moderator
Like your current job market, nursing is saturated as well. CNN had a recent article that you might want to read: For nursing jobs, new grads need not apply - Jan. 14, 2013
. Nursing programs are also difficult to get into with wait lists, and the private schools without wait lists are almost obscenely expensive. Have you explored nursing programs in your area?
As with any job or workplace, there will be snakes.
But if it's your dream, make it happen. Best of luck!
Edited to add: I've moved your post to the Nursing Career Advice forum, which is a more appropriate location.
Last edit by Pixie.RN on Jan 27, '13