Is It Hard For a Private Duty Nurse to Get Back into Facility Nursing?

  1. I've been a private duty nurse for a year and took a year off of nursing previously. I have 3 years of acute care expierence. I am trying to get a second job in a facility or in hospice. I have not had very much success. I need the money because in the state of Florida private duty nursing by itself does not bring in enough cash. Does anyone have any suggestions? Also, do recruiters take private duty seriously?
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   NotYourMamasRN
    Hi,

    I am not sure based on personal experience but based on the experiences of colleagues I am told it is hard to get back into a facility when your most recent experience was outside of an actual facility or agency. For example I have known nurses to go out and try running their own business and have had a lot of trouble getting back in, I was told it was because the facility had no way to verify experiences from that time. I have also read it is hard for people who get completely out of nursing, like a stay at home mom or to care for family.
  4. by   brillohead
    I've been a private duty nurse for a little over two years now. I've worked for three different agencies, but PDN is my only experience in healthcare.

    Hospitals around here wouldn't hire a new nurse who had no experience in healthcare. If I had known, I would have worked as a PCA/PCT during nursing school -- that would have counted as "healthcare experience" and I could have been hired into a hospital as a new grad.

    Now that I have two years under my belt, I put my application in and got a job offer after my very first interview (I start orientation on Monday).

    So in my area (Michigan), PDN is considered "healthcare experience".

    Job availability is very regional... living in a state where lots of people want to live will mean that it's harder to get a job in general. (Nobody wants to live in Michigan!)
  5. by   darkbeauty
    I do PDN and LTC facilities through staffing agencies. Try it that way.

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