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by mondanaz mondanaz (New) New

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Hello All!

I was wondering if there are any other RNs who have dealt with finding work after a hiatus and what I can do to find work in California.

I was working in a cardiac stepdown unit for 18 months. I learned so much and I loved working on that unit. I got into a school in another state to get my doctorate degree in nursing research and a clinical doctorate in Family nurse practice and when I moved, I was in classes and clinical settings full time so I didn't pursue RN work in this new city. The work I did as a RN was outpatient, typical of LVN work in a family clinic- vaccines, testing, ekg, education, spirometry, drawing labs, giving meds etc.

Now that COVID hit, I came back to my home state of California for what was supposed to be one week that has now turned out to be indefinite. I am taking a back seat with school so I can get into working. I got my CA RN temp license while my endorsement goes through but I am not sure how to approach the job search since I haven't worked in a paid RN position in almost a year and acute setting. Does anyone have any recommendations? I want to serve in this crisis and work. I know I'm not up to date like other nursing colleagues but I have this education and experience and I want it to be of use.

So far, I have applied to some outpatient MA and LVN jobs and got rejected, not sure why.

Thank you for your insight!

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Sour Lemon has 9 years experience.

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You don't say where you are in California. I'm in Orange County and my hospital is VERY slow. Med/surg is closed down and there aren't many patients on the other units, either. People are getting canceled a lot.

I'm not sure what's going on in offices, but I hear some are seeing emergencies only. And I also hear that patients aren't enthusiastic about going into open clinics because they're afraid of exposure.

In short, it may not be a great time to look for work. Especially with no current experience. There may be no need in some places, and busy places may be too busy to deal with routine hiring.

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I am in the LA area. Yes that’s the big dilemma, you are completely correct. Too slow and too busy. All I can do is keep applying and try my best. I’m volunteering for now which is the best way I can think to serve now. I suppose we shall see! Thank you for your input!

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Sour Lemon has 9 years experience.

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3 minutes ago, mondanaz said:

I am in the LA area. Yes that’s the big dilemma, you are completely correct. Too slow and too busy. All I can do is keep applying and try my best. I’m volunteering for now which is the best way I can think to serve now. I suppose we shall see! Thank you for your input!

Good luck. I hope you find something soon. I'm sure you'll find something eventually. I would apply for RN jobs. You did the schooling and you do have some acute care experience.

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