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i just just mentioned in an unrelated thread that i am thinking about going into occupational therapy! i graduated in dec '10 (licensed jan '11) and of course not much luck. i am working in a non-nursing field, but at least i am working! i am so disappointed b/c i really loved my ICU experience during school and was actually 'hired' by a major county facility to work in their ICU, but they havent called me in near 3 mts b/c of budget constraints!!! the OT field currently is the way nursing used to be: they r desperate. i should know, my wife is one and she is contacted regularly by recruiters. the only thing u need a masters. i have a bachelors from an unrealted field so i thot i mite take advantage of that and see about OT b/c the way it is going, i wont see the inside of a medical facility except as a patient!! anyway, good luck to all...
That really is not a bad idea. I would suggest other nurses who have not been able to find employment, seek out other fields in the health care industry. If you have a BSN, OT would be a good field, and it is a Masters. PT would be a Doctorate, but you already have a Bachelors degree.
For the nurses who only have an ADN or Diploma, I would suggest PT Assistant. It is a two year Associates Degree, and you probably have alot of the classes from nursing. You could start to work as a PT Aide, and work in a PT office to get experience.
I would not sit around and wait for a nursing job to come up if you have loans to pay back. And if some of you do take that route, after I was in the program, I would start to hang around schools of nursing, and talk to the nursing students about the REAL prospects of the nursing, and how you had to change careers because you could not get a job.
What do you have to lose? Inquire now about the requirements of the programs, and you could at least start them while you are trying to get a job. This way, if you don't get one, you have a head start into the programs. Good luck!
JMHO and my NY $0.02.
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
Somewhere in the PACNW