How do I get my foot in the door???

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    I've been a nurse for 11 years. Lpn for 9 of those years, RN for the past 1 1/2 years. As an LPN i've only worked in clinics, LTC, home health, and staffing agancies. As an RN I've worked oncology in a pretty darn big hospital. Nurse ratio is the pits some nights. I have applied. I've called and spoke to managers and charges. I've come by the unit to talk. I don't know why they won't give me a chance? New grads get hired to train and I can't get a call back? I'm trainable just like any other RN. I like my hands on everything, meaning I'd rather have a hand in witht he MD at the bedside than taking notes and charting. Granted I know I have to chart, it's a given. But what I'm saying is that I don't understand. I'm savy, and smart. I know when situations are about to turn. I've caught a PE as it was being thrown, I caught a brain tumor when no one knew it was there, etc. IDK I have plans to go back to school for master's in anesthesia. I know I need ICU experience for that but I want L&D until then. Master plan, CRNA in L&D.
    Any suggestions or comments would be helpful.
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    Hi, I'm sorry the nursing job market is so lousy. I also would love to work ER or MICU but it just hasn't happened. I think it's great that you have a goal and a plan for the direction of your career. I know MD's have a great deal of trust
    in Oncology nurses, when the ICU is full and there's a pt that needs close monitoring they send them to you guys. Giving blood, blood products no problem, electrolyte balances, potassium riders, complex meds..no problem.
    I think all that will help you in your future career, meanwhile, there's so much to
    be learned in L&D. Hope to hear frequent updates on AllNurses.
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    Instead of CRNA why not medical school? Sounds like that may be a good fit for you. Have you ever thought about it?
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    When you figure it out, let us all know. We're all trying too.
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    Quote from jesskidding
    Instead of CRNA why not medical school? Sounds like that may be a good fit for you. Have you ever thought about it?

    Wouldn't medical school be longer?
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    I am having the same problems. It seems like merits, rankings, and enthusiasm does not count anymore. It's all about who you know
    ONCnursedd and Eeyore_fan like this.
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    It is about who you know! And I don't know N E 1. I know people that know people. But I want you to hire me because I fit the position and you believe that I will do well for your unit and hospital. I advertize myself. I have resumes on monster too. IDK.
    I have thought about med school. I would love it if I were 10 years younger. Btw I'm only 30. I have three small kids to schedule around.
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    Quote from rksgray13
    It is about who you know! And I don't know N E 1. I know people that know people. But I want you to hire me because I fit the position and you believe that I will do well for your unit and hospital. I advertize myself. I have resumes on monster too. IDK.
    I have thought about med school. I would love it if I were 10 years younger. Btw I'm only 30. I have three small kids to schedule around.

    Medical school??? Why? Wouldn't that be twice as long?
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    It would be twice as long... CRNA's have it better too than MD's I think. So why not do CRNA and then go one more year and get a a phd in it. Right? Dr. Rksgray13 RN? lol


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