I finished an RN Update program last month and am ready to apply for a job. But there is a problem. I need to have a tendon in my right arm repaired and I can't have the surgery until after I return from a trip to Ireland during the last half of February. Following the surgery, I'll have about eight weeks of a splint and lifting restrictions.
Realistically, that means I can't start a job until the middle of May. I'm feeling hamstrung and frustrated. I've been looking at job postings for hospitals in my area and I'd love to apply for several of them, but what's an employer going to think if I say, "Oh, by the way, I can't start for at least four months."?
I don't feel like I can take any steps forward at this point and it's making me a little crazy. All revved up and no place to go.
I'm mostly interested in NICU, PICU, and Peds. My background is sub-acute in a nursing home (end-stage everything, infectious disease, and anyone needing tube feedings, complicated dressing changes, IVs, etc.) and acute child and adolescent psych. I plan to apply for entry level positions in the departments I'm interested in. To keep my enthusiasm from flagging, I am going to volunteer at a special needs daycare nursery (most of the kids are NICU alumni). If any of you have ideas about other things I can do while I'm waiting, please let me know.
I'd also really appreciate input on how and when to begin my job hunt.