I'd like to first preface this by saying this is one of the hardest things I will ever post because it is a bit humiliating. But I am lost as to what I should do, and I'm starting to feel hopeless about my nursing career.
I graduated with my MSN (as part of the Entry-Level program--meaning, I had no prior nursing experience before earning my masters degree). After graduating in 2016, I accepted my first job into a new grad program, however I was forced to leave my position without completion because my supervisors did not feel I was progressing as they expected. I took 3 months off to look for another job, and found a per diem outpatient position that allowed me to work for 6 months. I should state that in that Outpatient position, I did not have any direct patient care, as the position transitioned into clinical research, so my patient assessment skills were not being used. Needless to say, at this point, I feel like I need to start all over again. However, I am now being overlooked for New Grad positions, as I have more than 6 months experience, and have been out of school for 2 years.
My question is: What are my career options at this point? No hospitals want me, and I'm afraid that my skills have atrophied to the point that I would not be able to work safely in a clinical setting. I would love to do Research Nursing, although it seems most positions require more clinical nursing experience than I currently have. My greatest fear is that I may never work as an RN again. Please help. Thank you for any advice you may provide.
LTC, SNF, LTACH, rehab, HH, etc. There are more jobs than hospital jobs. You get a job somewhere else, get some experience, and once you have your 1+ year of experience AND are comfortable you can look for a hospital job. A hospital job is not the only type of bedside nursing and is not the only nursing job that gives you clinical experience.
And what if I decided not to do any kind of clinical nursing? What if I wanted to do Research or change to a different type of patient-centered care, such as Nurse Aesthetician? I was advised to get my Cosmetology License, take an IV Cert class, and then approach Med Spas. I realize I do need more clinical experience, in general, however with settings such as was suggested above (LTC, SNF, etc), while I greatly appreciate the input, my concern is that I would not be able to work safely in such a high-paced, high nurse/patient ratio setting. Any other suggestions?