Trying to get back into the hospital after staying home with the kids. - page 2

by sarahaldean

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I have been a stay at home mom for almost eight years except for two years that I worked for a retail store. I enjoyed working retail but I really want to get back to nursing. I began applying four months ago. Before I became a... Read More


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    Hey.....don't have any constructive advice for you but just wanted to let you know I am in the same boat. Except I only had a few months of real nursing experience before taking off to be Mom. Wish I had done what others commented on...staying in working per- diem but at the time that was not an option for a new grad. Even with a BSN and refresher course behind me it is an uphill climb. Let's keep our fingers crossed. Raising kids is one of the hardest jobs you can do and then you are forced to reenter the workforce and explain what you've been doing for the last X years. I am so much better at time management now than I was before kids LOL!! Nice to see the comments on here giving kudos for staying at home and busting your tail! Good Luck!
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    Quote from guamba
    You're not going to get a job in a specialty like L&D unless you have experience so here's what you do. Instead of applying for straight RN positions, look for RN residency programs or new graduate academies. Lots of places are starting these two things and just because you aren't a new grad, doesn't mean you can't apply to them. They are for new grads and nurses looking to switch specialties alike. Best of luck!!!
    I have found that this is not the norm, sadly. Most only want current new grads. Old grads go into the "black hole".
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    Had my first interview. It was for L&D and went great. Will hear next week.
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    I would just find another job (not nursing). The hours suck, you are disrespected, peers are not supportive and mostly backstabbers with a circle of friends who decide to make most new nurses miserable beyond belief. I was an lpn for 5 years and continued on for my RN for 3 years and in the mean time..my self-esteem was shot, my hardwork was shot down, I started smoking from stress, I gained weight from anxiety and depression. I constantly feel like I am a people pleaser when all I wanted to do was be a nurse to help people. I have been a stay at home mom now for 2.5 years and have absolutely NOOOO desire to go back.
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    Got the job. I start in labor and delivery in one week. Persistence paid off.
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    Sarah,

    Congrats to you! How exciting to be starting back in Women's services. Your story is very inspiring. Let us know how it goes!
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    Have you tried applying at any clinics? Or doing flu shots or health screenings? Just to kind of get some nursing experience again... I am in a similar situation. I got my LPN license in '08, but have barely worked as I have been a stay at home mom most of that time. I worked about 6 mos. at a dermatology office, but that's it. Since this past January I have been doing PRN work as a health screener nurse for a company that holds employee health screenings across the U.S. I'm not getting a whole lot of work with them, but I figure it's a little nursing work & looks good on a resume.
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    Quote from kellij
    I would just find another job (not nursing). The hours suck, you are disrespected, peers are not supportive and mostly backstabbers with a circle of friends who decide to make most new nurses miserable beyond belief. I was an lpn for 5 years and continued on for my RN for 3 years and in the mean time..my self-esteem was shot, my hardwork was shot down, I started smoking from stress, I gained weight from anxiety and depression. I constantly feel like I am a people pleaser when all I wanted to do was be a nurse to help people. I have been a stay at home mom now for 2.5 years and have absolutely NOOOO desire to go back.
    I hate to say it but you're right in a lot of ways... Unfortunately, there is a lot f bullying in nursing. New nurses are rarely welcomed, especially pretty or smart ones who have much to offer...
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    Just saw you got a job! Congrats!!!
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    It is possible!! Ya! Congrats ! Two thumbs up !


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