Quote from caliotter3
You appear to be right at the edge of not having enough experience. There are many areas that you might find more desirable than straight bedside nursing. You really should try to get some more experience in other areas. What I see is hiring people questioning you why you left a job after only two years and focusing on the fact that you have only held one job. What you really need to concentrate on now is getting something to get away from the onus of not sticking to a job. It is an old saying that it is easier to get a job, when you have a job. So I suggest getting something going for yourself, then start exploring different opportunities if your new job does not seem to be the best fit for you. Good luck in getting your next position in a competitive market.
Huh?? You're saying two things: that two years in one job is not very long, and then in the next sentence you say that her downfall is that she's only held one job. When most travel nursing positions require one year of experience, how can you say that two years is not very long? Even CRNA schools accept candidates who have one year of experience. Two years in one job is completely acceptable and hiring managers wouldn't think twice about probing deeper in this area. I can't help but wonder why you think otherwise. And your line, "Good luck in getting your next position in a competitive market" didn't go unnoticed. So, you've offered no help, given poor advice in an area you demonstrated you know nothing about, and then threw darts at someone who needed some support and direction. What a worthless post.
June, research nursing is not at all out of the realm of possibilities for you. If you're finding that lack of experience is the biggest obstacle in obtaining a position in this area, consider a "clinical research coordinator" position. It's very common for these people to be hired with no experience. It may not pay as much as an RN position but even if you found one part time it would get you involved in a research job and let you find out about other research opportunities at that facility as an RN.
What about OR nursing? A good friend of mine started out doing one year of med/surg, did travel nursing for a bit as a med/surg nurse, then changed to OB. She discovered, as you did, that she did NOT like bedside nursing. She has found that OR nursing isn't as "bedsidey" as other nursing jobs and she actually enjoys it.
Have you thought about going back to school and getting certified to do first assist in surgeries? Not bedside at all, but would required some schooling.
Anyway, just a few things to think about as you find your way again. Good luck. Let us know how your journey is going.