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Hard time trying to change specialty

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by Tusa Tusa (New) New

I'm trying to change specialty and find a job in the gastro field. My previous and only experience was in NICU for 1 year in a hospital in Atlanta. It was my first job but I got so stressed that I decided to change specialty. I spent a day in a GI lab during College and I liked the environment. I think I will enjoy working in a GI lab, but the jobs available are for nurses with previous experience. Is there any GI training program in the Atlanta area?How did these GI nurses get experience in the field?

I don't know about the Atlanta area, but in southwestern Ohio, any experience in critical care is considered valuable. Also, being ACLS certified is beneficial. Good luck!

TucsonGINurse

Specializes in GI. Has 6 years experience.

I only had 1.5 years in the NICU when I took a job in a GI facility. If you ever move to Tucson I would consider hiring you.....

GoNightingale, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Tele, PCU.

I don't know about the Atlanta area, but in southwestern Ohio, any experience in critical care is considered valuable. Also, being ACLS certified is beneficial. Good luck!
I am BLS/ACLS certified, I have a BSN and I have been working Med/Surg tele for 2 years. Still, how do nurses without GI experience get hired? Thanks in advance!:nurse::redbeathe

GoNightingale, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Tele, PCU.

I only had 1.5 years in the NICU when I took a job in a GI facility. If you ever move to Tucson I would consider hiring you.....
I guess I need clarification. So with no experience in GI, but 2 years in Med/Surg Tele, a BSN and ACLS certification- what specifically do you look for in someone with no GI experience but wants to make that transition.... Thanks!:yeah::nurse:
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