Seems like every specialty I have an interest in has jobs postings but require a year or more of experience in that specialty to apply. So I ask, HOW and WHERE can I get this experience in the first place?? Nurses have to start somewhere, how did they start? I have been in med/tele for almost 2 years (right out of nursing school
) and I only started working on my unit just to get a job in a tight economy. It was a great job at first to learn the ropes, but now it leaves me with wanting more, especially a move towards critical care or emergency nursing. And I have also thought about a move into OR, NICU or PICU but that seems so far-fetched now having started out in adult med/tele, and I don't want to work in this specialty for the rest of my career. I have seen new grads enter OR, NICU and PICU but rarely see RNs experienced in other areas transition into them. I sometimes feel I shot myself in the foot starting out in med/tele, to the point that I don't want to even get certified in med surg later on when I am eligible for fear of being typecast forever in that specialty (I would prefer to be CCRN). Also, I would like to do some travel nursing later on and dont want to be limited to med/tele assignments.
Any advice on how some of you lucked out and overcame this experience hurdle?
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Feb 3, '14
At this website the consensus seems to be that if everything else fails you relocate to a quieter, less populated, more rural area because that's where the shortages are, esp. for BSNs. For me the formula was 50 miles from the western suburbs of Chicago. The further away you move, the greater the demand for nurses, esp. if you have a degree from a big city college.
According to some research they've done, 2 years is the minimum you need to become competenet. You won't have expert knowledge, just enough knowledge to demonstrate you know what the hell you are doing. I think that's why recruiters are so fixated on this number.
It's not normal to have a huge city so full of BSNs they're standing on every street corner begging for work. This is pathological and apparently exists only in the largest metropolitan areas. In most areas of the country, away from the massive population centers, nurses not only find work quickly, but they live well because pay is good compared to the cost of living.
Last edit by Concerto_in_C on Feb 3, '14