I am finishing my LVN/RN bridge program next week and I am really struggling with my move from here. I have been practicing for 10 years with 6 months in tele/med/surg and 9 1/2 years in pediatric home health. As crazy as it may sound, I'd like to go back to a hospital setting. To stay in peds, I have basically 2 choices in Dallas, Medical City Children's and Children's Medical Center. Both are BSN crazy and I won't have that until this time next year.
The reason(s) I'd like to move on from phh. . . I find myself less and less stimulated and challenged professionally. (I am not saying that I know everything there is to know, I never will, but this I know well.) Getting to comfortable isn't a good thing, that's when mistakes happen. When I first started, I enjoyed the autonomy and learned a great deal by being on my own. I still enjoy the autonomy, but I miss working closely with a team (my team is based in offices 20 miles away).
I desperately craving stimulation and challenge, but I don't want to give up working with children as I am truly passionate about it. I have applied at both Children's and Medical City and haven't heard a thing, except crickets. The only feedback I have gotten is to continue doing what I am doing and build a strong foundation of pediatric assessment skills and get vent experience. (HELLO! What do you think I have been doing five days a week for the last 9 1/2 years.) To be honest, I don't think my resume is actually being read because my resume reflects several years experience with both of those things specifically.
My husband thinks I should just take anything, peds or not, that comes my way as he thinks I am burning out. I can assure you that I am hungry to learn new things, but I'm not burned out. Should I stay in phh until I get something from Children's or Medical City, or do I take my husband's advice and just grab the first opportunity that heads my way? Thanks in advance.