I am an IEN and obtained my BC RN license last February 2010. I am thinking of applying into the NP program but unsure if it is a wise decision since I don't have enough experience. I am currently working in a long term facility for almost 2 years now. I have applied in acute care and hospitals but was received no reply or got turned down due to lack of experience. Some even required me to take a refresher course at Kwantlen even if I obtained my license already. I underwent the SEC assessment and the did not require me to take a refresher, only one course which was Nursing in Canada. I have no previous experience from my home country since I moved here to Canada right after graduation.
I am so confused and frustrated right now on what to do. Although I value and am grateful for my work right now, I feel that it is not for me. I find it routinary and feel that I am not gaining any skills. I want to explore other areas of nursing but find it difficult to do so due to my lack of acute care experience which most of the job opportunities require. I have looked into the NP program thinking that instead of taking the refresher might as well take my masters? What other options do I have? Can you guys suggest anything? Thank you!