Hey Nursing Community,
I'm a New Grad RN currently living in SF Bay Area and graduated from my ABSN program for almost 1 year now. It has been extremely tough trying to look for a job here in the bay area and everywhere else. I have looked into SNFs, homehealth, and many new grad programs in the Bay Area and throughout California. Because I had no luck, I started to apply to PCT, LVN, and MA positions. I was recently told that hospitals are steering away from hiring RNs for MA/PCT/LVN positions because theyve been having problems with MAs (w/ RNs) going out of their scope of practice. This becomes a "liability issue" for the hospital. Because this was on the phone, she didn't go into how this is a liability issue. However, I was finally offered a MA position at a private practice. So, my question is: Should I take this MA position? My original plan was to take a MA/PCT/LVN position in a hospital so I could network. However, with this urgent care clinic, I wouldn't have very many networking opportunities and I would be the only RN at this clinic.
Any insight will be very appreciated! I tried asking my (employed) nursing friends but they don't seem to understand the situation I am in: unemployed and looking for 1 year.
This may be off-topic, but I am curious about what an RN can do in an ED or med-surg floor as a volunteer? I've seen this idea mentioned before, but what specific things would a nurse do as a volunteer in those areas? I am unemployed (again) too, but --Yay!-- just got called for TWO interviews today. But need to check out the volunteer opportunities, too.
Also could use some advice on interviewing...
My cohort of 6 ADN grads from a small community in the midwest all took a long time to find jobs. One of the outstanding members of my group (in my opinion) was the last to be hired. She interviewed all over the country and finally got a job 14 months after graduation. (I still can't figure out why she wasn't snapped up immediately -- she's brilliant, had terrific grades, great references, and a resume to drool over! Go figure!)
Anyway, I have to add that I envy you Bay area folks your scenery, though not your high unemployment or cost of living. I left my heart in San Francisco many years ago! Now, I'm a landlocked flatlander! I sure hope you find a job soon!
Last edit by Flatlander on Aug 3, '12