5 Types of Nursing Careers You Never Considered - page 2

Registered nurses are, without a doubt, in some of the highest demand nationwide. As the need for professionals to fill these open positions continues to grow, there are a LOT of specialties that... Read More

  1. by   RavenNicci
    I was unable to land the coveted med/surg job as a new grad with an ADN back in 09' so I ended up in psych. Try searching for jobs in residential treatment centers. I know Universal Health Services has plenty of them throughout the country. Alot of them care for children with mental illnesses. I did that for a year, then acute psych for 6 months (left because management increased staffing ratios which created a dangerous environment). I have been working with NGRI (not guilty by reason of insanity)pts for the Commonwealth of Virginia for 3 years now and enjoy the work but it can become mundame(which allowed me plenty of time to obtain my BSN). However, I often times feel more like a babysitter than a BSN degreed nurse. I am currently studying med-surg in hopes of finally being able to land my first med-surg job almost 5 years later. I feel that others look at psych nurses as not being "real nurses" and would like to make myself more marketable.
  2. by   RavenNicci
    I agree. I have worked in mental health for almost 5 years and we have always needed more nurses. Voluntary overtime is plentiful but there has been many instances when you are mandated to stay because there is no relief.
  3. by   chillnurse
    It's all locational. People try to generalize America as a whole when describing the need for jobs. This is fallacy. Some areas have a shortage and others do not. Just like nobody needs electrical engineers where I live but I am sure the multimillion dollar company in a said city needs a few.

    I agree reed there isn't much mobility with nursing unless you go back to school or work for a large new era hospital. Where I love nurses are a dime a dozen so good luck lol
  4. by   Racer15
    I started in the ER right out of nursing school. Over half of my cohorts wanted to be in the ER, it seems to be a popular choice for new nurses. A year and a half later and we are horribly short staffed. NO ONE in the hospital wants to transfer to ER, we've had three open positions for a few months with no applicants. I can't blame them, in 5 months we have lost 7 nurses, over the past year we have lost roughly 14 and they are just now posting THREE positions. It's unsafe and stressful. We always have a slew of new nurses applying for jobs at the end of each semester but we need experienced RNs and we aren't getting them.
  5. by   amygarside
    Travel nursing is an exciting job. You get to new places and know new people.
  6. by   AmaruAgent