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Apr 22, '12
Hey everyone, its been a while since I've posted here on All Nurses. I've had some big changes in my personal life and so I have been putting my career issues on the back burner. Currently, I am out of work on Medical Leave (I had Gastric Bypass Surgery last week) and I will be out of work for the next 5 weeks. I am recovering well and just taking my time trying to get my strength back. I am a new RN (grad. last May) and I work as a Psych RN at this time. The problem I have is that I really need to get some Med/Surg experience or experience working in the ED or something similar. I like my coworkers and even my patients but in the long-term Psych is not for me. I am worried because I don't want to become stuck in Psych because I am a new nurse without any sort of Med/Surg experience. I have recently been looking at the employment pages of other hospital websites and I have noticed a position for an ED RN at a local community hospital that is almost full time and its nights (I currently work 20 hr. nights because that's all that's available at my currently employer). I am a little unsure of what I should do right now. I realize that I have a lot going on at the moment but I feel like this position is a potential opportunity that I would hate to miss out on.
Does anyone think I should try to contact the department manager and speak to them about the position? I could explain my current situation and find out more about the position. I could also find out if I would be a potential candidate (or does my lack of experience not work for this position)? Or should I focus on my recovery and wait until I return to my current position before I begin expanding my career search?
I would really like some experienced staff nurses, nurse managers or anyone with insight to offer me their thoughts on this issue.
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