Hi everyone. I apologize for the lengthy post. But I really need help. I'm hoping someone can offer insight, advice or anything of use to help me create a career game plan.
I am a new grad RN trained and working in Alberta. I am currently working on a combined labour and delivery/post-partum unit. I have been working nearly full-time hours for almost 3 months now, and before that, I was a preceptor student on the unit for 10 weeks. Previously, I worked as an undergraduate nurse in DI as well as a health care aid on adult medicine.
I enrolled in nursing school
with the intention of working in labour-delivery. However, now that I have my dream job, my husband, kids and I have to move to Victoria. He will be going soon to set up with the kids before school starts, meanwhile I will stay behind to work until I find a job in Victoria. So far I haven't received any response from jobs I have been applying to. I have been applying to everything, not just l&d related jobs. I will however continue the search and in the mean time I will be starting the perinatal specialty course this next month. Our plan to move has changed slightly, and now I have to work more hours than I originally was thinking I would have to in order to take care of my family financially during this transition from Alberta to Victoria. I am enrolled in theory 1 and the breastfeeding course. I am considering dropping the breastfeeding course for now (I will lose $122 for doing so), so that I can pick up more shifts at work. I would reconsider doing so depending on the workload. I have no idea what to expect with these two courses and how much of a time commitment they require.
So my questions are:
Any advice on acquiring any nursing job in Victoria with little nursing experience?
How about l&d or even post-partum?
Should I drop the breastfeeding course for now, or is it something I can finish fairly quickly/easily? (I will be taking 1.5-2 weeks off work in September to visit my family in BC and help them to get settled) When the kids or in school, I'll have the whole school day to work on my studies)
I so appreciate even the slightest bit of insight anyone can offer. I am feeling quite lost, overwhelmed and stressed. I am not looking forward to living apart form my family and kids, and want to make it as short of a time as possible