Position in Trauma ICU

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    I would like to have some suggestions to how to make myself more marketable for a level 1 Trauma ICU in PA. I have been in nursing since 2003(Med-surg, Telemetry and actually SICU) but because of some life events I was out of nursing from Oct 2008 until Fev 2011. It took me more than a year to get an interview for a med surg position in this bad economy. My certifications are current (CPR,ACLS & TNCC). Now I am going for Med Surg Certification. Any Advice?
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    I'm a nurse in trauma/neuro icu in florida and I'm not sure how the economy is in PA...but we are always hiring trauma nurses with any kind of experience. The fact that u used to work trauma and that u currently still hold a TNCC certificate show be gold. But then again different ppl look for different things. Good luck!
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    Quote from Williams75
    I would like to have some suggestions to how to make myself more marketable for a level 1 Trauma ICU in PA. I have been in nursing since 2003(Med-surg, Telemetry and actually SICU) but because of some life events I was out of nursing from Oct 2008 until Fev 2011. It took me more than a year to get an interview for a med surg position in this bad economy. My certifications are current (CPR,ACLS & TNCC). Now I am going for Med Surg Certification. Any Advice?
    Sit for the CCRN exam (and pass, obviously).
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    Dear dcmulkey,
    Thanks a lot for the feedback! I was starting to feel discouraged. I am thinking about relocating to Fl. I am looking for a trauma one university hospital. Would you be able to give any suggestion where to apply? Will be a crazy move as I have A 3-year old but i really want to come back to ICU. Thanks again!!!
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    I wish I could unfortunately CCRN exam requires 1750 hours within 2 years period with 875 hours accrued in the most recent year preceding the examination. My last ICU position was in October 2008.
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    I wish I could unfortunately CCRN exam requires 1750 hours within 2 years period with 875 hours accrued in the most recent year preceding the examination. My last ICU position was in October 2008.
    Whence last I looked, it wasn't *required* to be critical-care experience, however; only recommended. That was about 2.5 years ago, though.
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    Thanks may be I should check more deeply into or maybe be crazy and do it and wait if they are going to audit me. :-)


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