I need some advice. I'm wanting to re-enter the workforce after having stayed home with kids. Here's the low-down of my situation.....I received my license in 1991 from an accredited nursing program affiliated with a large healthcare company. I went straight to work at a hospital (in the ICU setting) owned by the healthcare company per a contract for the payoff of my tuition ($8,000). A couple of years later the healthcare company was being split from the hospitals which were subsequently sold. In order to continue to receive the benefit of having my tuition paid I had to stay with the healthcare company. By doing this I entered an adminstrative setting as a nurse. I ended up loving this and went on to be very successful in a management role. The only reason I left was because of an ill child that needed my care up until this last year or so. I am wanting to re-enter nursing but not sure what approach to take. I no longer live in that big city with all of the various nursing opportunities, instead, I live in a small community with limited opportunities for nursing (ie, no hosp., 1 HH agency). However, there are several very reputable Nursing Homes and plans for a small hospital in the next year or so. My thoughts were that I would apply at a Nursing Home and if hired it would give me an opportunity to get back in the swing of things until the hospital is opened. I have no experience in a Nursing Home setting and I haven't worked in 5 years. I'm looking for your thoughts on what chances I do or don't have with getting hired. And, if there are any nurses out there who are in a position to hire can you please give me some advice. Thanks!!!!!
Oct 10, '06
Sounds like you are attempting to formulate a plan. Read up on long term care, perhaps talk to a RN working in that role, and proceed as you are able. You have my best wishes on resuming your career.
Oct 10, '06
working in a nursing home will not prepare you to work in a hospital. If that is what you want, then go for it. But if you are lacking confidence in your ability to work in a hospital and really prefer that milieu I recommend you at least TALK to HR in the area facilities. They may have the perfect set up for you. Who knows?