I'm Dan and have previously run a small software company for 17 years (I'm 44). The economy has finally shut it down, but it's actually a good thing as I was completely burned out anyway. I have since enrolled at PCC working on pre-reqs for the nursing program. So far I've got a 4.0 GPA and I am so completely excited about the prospect of working in this field. Running a company developing software for faceless corporations has left me unfulfilled and I almost feel a calling to be involved in the process of helping people through nursing. My wife and I have been so positively impacted by wonderful nurses and doctors in the last few years that I feel such a desire in give in ways that they did.
I know I have about 3 years to go before I will be ready for the work force. It sounds like right now there are no nursing jobs available in Portland, at least for new grads. I have at least 6 nurses in my family (not in Oregon) and I have never heard of any of them without a job for a period longer than a few weeks at the most and they have encouraged me to pursue this. Most recently my niece graduated from Humbolt and had a $42/hour job literally on hold for her at Stanford. I am hoping that the next 2 years or so will show a thawing of this hiring climate that I hear about in Portland.
One question I have for the experienced nurses here, especially those in the Portland region: when you graduated, how did you get that job that gave you the "first year" of experience that it seems is mandatory for nursing jobs (the usual Catch-22). What kind of jobs work well towards getting that accomplished?
Secondly, I have a real desire to work in ER/Trauma. Is it feasible to get a job in this area as a new grad or do you need to work your way through many years of other types of nursing?
Dec 15, '09
by Up2nogood RN
I worked as a CNA in the same hospital for about 10 years, communicated with my nurse manager regarding school status, career goals, and she held a position for me which happened a month before the hiring freeze. I was incredibly lucky but I worked hard for many years to get my RN license which did not go by unnoticed. CNA work was also invaluble experience that has helped me be a beter nurse in my opinion. Keep plugging away, keep the GPA up and hopefully the job market will turn around.
The best way I see it to get a job as a new grad here in Portland is to get into the Prov Scholars BSN program at UOP.
Last edit by Up2nogood RN on Dec 15, '09
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