Older new grad, no employment history, shy, gay, good academics - page 3
Hi all. Maybe this thread would best fit under some life-coaching or psychotherapy category, or something of that nature, but I could really use some advice and I'm not sure where else to go. I was... Read More
Jul 9, '13Quote from lorirn2bYou're right, lorirn2b. I plan to come out, just not now. I guess I'm not ready yet. But I completely agree it's hard to be genuinely free and happy if I feel like I always have to hide something.How can you ever be happy or free while you are hiding your true self? Coming out of the closet may not be easy, you said if it were easy you would do it, but all of your other accomplishments weren't easy either, were they?
Jul 9, '13Quote from swansonplaceWhat does it mean to "challenge the exam?" And yes, I do intend to pursue graduate nursing someday. But I better get some work experience, first.You may be able to challenge the exam. Also, look into graduate nurses.
Jul 9, '13To challenge the exam means you go to your bon, and tell them you would like to take the can exam with reading the books only. A graduate nurse is a nurse that has gone to, and not completed the nclex. I graduated in the US, and have not taken my nclex yet. I am allowed to work as a graduate nurse which means I can do some tasks as designated, and they know I will be taking the nclex.
Jul 9, '13Quote from Adrian32Clinical research is part of healthcare and the position is nursing. There are nurses who have worked in research and moved to direct patient care and there are nurses who have worked in acute or rehab etc and moved to research. Having work experience in research doesn't pigeonhole you.That would sound really promising in terms of landing my first job but then again the fact that it's not health-related may make it harder for me to get into healthcare as a nurse in the long-run? If it were long term then I'd probably forget my nursing knowledge and skills.
At the same time though, the truth is that sort of job really would appeal to me. I loved my nursing research classes and research in general.
Is that researcher still looking to hire new staff? Haha.
LOL, it would be nice if she could hire you, but since we work in Canada, she can't
Sigh, I don't know the first thing about looking for clinical researchers like that.
You can start by checking the posts the Research Nursing section of Allnurses
And I presume the same factors that would make it hard for me to get a nursing job (i.e. my lack of employment history, and my shyness) would also make it hard for me to get a research job, which I would also assume would prefer additional research training?
It's all relative, I can think of worse reasons for lack of employment history than shyness. It's not like you have a criminal past to be ashamed of.
Set your goals and move forward, the shyness is a part of who you are it doesn't have to define you.
There are professional organizations such as Society of Clinical Research Associates that offer education programs
I know you don't know the first thing about looking for clinical research positions, you will have to research how to become a research assistant.Last edit by dishes on Jul 9, '13
Jul 10, '13Have you ever considered moving to a gay community? I was raised in one, and working in an area like this may make it easier on you. Where I was raised it was an artsie community, and be and let be was the attitude. There was only one hospital there, but it would not be unusual for someone to be gay in this area. It was a long time ago, but these communities are a lot of fun to live in, as they could care less if you are shy or whatever.
Jul 10, '13Quote from swansonplaceI very much be open to that. Wherever I settle professionally, I'm pretty resolved to start anew and come out, or at least not keep myself in a tight closet at least. My paranoia is around family and if I'm far away it would probably be easier to just let loose.Have you ever considered moving to a gay community? I was raised in one, and working in an area like this may make it easier on you. Where I was raised it was an artsie community, and be and let be was the attitude. There was only one hospital there, but it would not be unusual for someone to be gay in this area. It was a long time ago, but these communities are a lot of fun to live in, as they could care less if you are shy or whatever.
The only gay community I'm familiar with is West LA. Where else might be good?
Jul 10, '13I am not really familiar with the areas. I just know that Key West florida use to have an affluent gay community. Key West only has one community hospital.
With the international issues, see if there are any areas in texas. I understand a lot of Filipinos leave Ca and go to texas due to the international licensing issues.Last edit by swansonplace on Jul 10, '13 : Reason: .