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

  1. 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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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   nola1202
    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.
  4. by   jesskidding
    Instead of CRNA why not medical school? Sounds like that may be a good fit for you. Have you ever thought about it?
  5. by   Biffbradford
    When you figure it out, let us all know. We're all trying too.
  6. by   First Lady RN
    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?
  7. by   First Lady RN
    I am having the same problems. It seems like merits, rankings, and enthusiasm does not count anymore. It's all about who you know
  8. by   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.
  9. by   First Lady RN
    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?
  10. by   rksgray13
    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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