I know I know, another RN whining about not getting her dream job... blah blah blah. But Seriously this is getting soooo hard to handle!
I am RN with 2 months left to get my BSN (yeah!) with over a year of RN experience on a Med/Surg unit. I have been applying to ICU jobs all over the ENTIRE country for the last 3 months. From Washington State to Florida, with absolutely NO success. I either get those wonderful "thanks, but no thanks, your credentials don't match our needs" emails, or the HR people will call and say "we have some other units that more closely match your area of expertise." Which that is just stupid. If I wanted to stay on Med/Surg I wouldn't be applying for a job in the first place and I probably wouldn't be applying for the ICU!! Duh.
My dream is to become a CRNA, but that can't happen without ICU experience. The hospital I work at now is very small and does not have an ICU or I would just transfer. I don't want to work in the same unit in a different hospital in order to move up because that will put me another year behind. I just want to land that ICU job now so I can get into CRNA as quickly as possible.
I don't know what to do differently. I thought about looking into an internship but they make you stay with them for about 3 years and again I don't want to put off CRNA any more than I already have to. I worked my butt off to get the credentials I need for CRNA and it is sooooo frustrating to be denied the one last thing I need, ICU experience.
Any words of encouragement, advice, or understanding is greatly appreciated. I won't give up but I can't help but feel frustrated and disheartened with all these "No's".
Oh and if anyone knows of any hospitals willing to hire an RN into their ICU with only one year on Med/surg, Please let me know!!