So to start-
I'm a May 2009 BSN graduate from Delaware who was one of the blessed few with job connections. My mother happens to be a Nurse Manager at a SNF in PA, and was able to help me get started in a Charge Nurse position which I began in July 2009. While I am greatly appreciative of this, and quite comfortable here (I adore my staff and residents)- i'm ready for bigger and better things. I was the charge nurse (Basically 3-11 RN on the unit), up until recently. I loved the position, and it was a great way to build confidence in my patient interactions and leadership abilities, but it was also a position in which I didn't often get to utilize my nursing skills to a large extent.
Recently, they had asked me to start a new RN position they had created in our building's vent/subacute unit (It used to be LPN, and the nursing supervisor would come to do IVs and the like.) THe acuity shot up greatly the past few months, and a full time RN position was needed to join the LPN. While I enjoy this new opportunity (It's nice to finally use more skills, and it feels like a mini ICU considering the condition of some of these residents..)- I am still eager to get out of this area and the geriatric facility field.
I'm planning on relocating to Philadelphia when my apartment lease is up (November). The first problem I am experiencing is one like the New grads.. no jobs! When I graduated college, everyone required a year experience, now that I have that- I feel like every app I put in requires 2+ years. I've been highly interested in Oncology and Psychiatric Nursing for a few years now, and through clinical experience grew to love both more and more. When applying for an RN position that I thought would be perfect (Cancer Tx Center of America, I Believe..) - I was given the same response I got for the first time around.. 'not enough related experience'- despite the fact that most of my clinicals had in some way dealt with oncology, I worked with long term oncology patients, etc.. I'm not really sure how to handle this.
My second fear is that if I stay with the SNF too long, I won't be able to find a decent hospital position. I've heard about being labled the "Nursing home nurse"- does anyone have any input on that? SNFs are no piece of cake to work in, and have a ton of challenges I never faced in a hospital (through clinical, or being a PACU nursing assistant for 2 years)- but I know as well as any other that there is often a stigma there as it relates to nursing homes.
Despite this, i'm trying to remain positive. I'm planning to stick to this new position for a few months (At least until mid-summer... that way I can have an official "year under my belt"- and not to mention not have to pay back vaca time, haha)- but any advice, or perhaps if anyone knew anything in the Philly/Delaware area? I've contemplated getting the nurse manager's number for that original job and sending my resume personally, but i'm not sure how to highlight my sincere interest and skills in hopes to cover for lack of "related experience". Any tips on how to stand out (Especially now that another batch of new grads is emerging..)
Thanks in advance! :]