Acute care RN, but no acute care positions to be found

by Wuulie Wuulie (New) New Nurse

I am a nurse with 7yrs experience in acute care including gen/surg, ICU, and ED. The hospital I work at is a level 2 trauma center with a level 1 ICU. I am moving to a small town with a critical access hospital. However, the hospital doesn't have any positions posted at this time and I am resorting to positions I never dreamed of before. And I'm scared!! haha. There is a case management position for long term care for post-acute patients. There is home health and home infusion positions. I was like, "maybe I can do infusion," but then the job description went on about experience with "IVIG, SCIG, Biologic response modifiers, and alpha 1 anti-trypsin products." And I'm like "I don't know what any of those are!!" There is a job posting for an MDS nurse as a Resident Assessment Coordinator. I can't imagine what a day on the job would be like. Have any of you had diversity in your nursing careers? How was the transition? How do you start a new job when you have no idea what it will be like?

speedynurse, ADN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in ER, Pre-Op, PACU.

I don’t really have any advice to give you but if you need a job immediately, just take what is available and stay for a year and move on to a position you like better. I do understand how you feel though.....I have always been an ED nurse and never have been interested in any other area other than the ED. However, due to life circumstances, I can’t stay on night shift at my ER so I recently accepted a position where I will be cross-trained in pre-op and PACU. I am a little afraid to try something else and don’t even really want to leave my “comfort zone” which is the ER but I am approaching this with an attitude of it’s something new to learn and if I just stay a year or two, then I can go back to the ED when there is a day shift posted. The exciting thing about nursing is trying new areas!

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

I personally would jump at the MDS position. It's good work if you can get it and very lucrative.

In our world today and looking ahead into the future. What is the most probable high path to take as an RN/BSN?