:zzzzzHere I go, first i would like to say , thank god for this wedsite. I am currently feeling as if i am along in this struggles that I am currently enduring. this is my story; I have been a nurse know for the past three years (Aug. 18th. 2005) since then, I have had the opportunity to explore the healthcare field in many respects, i.e. I have worked in short term care breifly, long term care and community health. Currently, I am unemployed and is taken aback on the hurdles that I am facing to find employement. After graduation I wanted to explore various areas of the healthcare field so as to find my niche. Unfortunately; this decision has placed me in a position of wondering; if I have blackballed myself from my dreams of becoming an effective and efficient nurse. I am currently seeking employment in short term care, however; my short experience in this field seem to be a hendurance. My question is: does nursing really offer that autonomy? is taking advantage of that autonomy a curse? would'nt an employer want a nurse that is well rounded, who is able to employ care to their consumers because of her experience and exposure to the health continuum? maybe; I may have misundertood that part in lecture and clinicals, but; at the time I interpreted that, an effective nures is one who approaches the patient in a holistic manner, while incoporating the nursing process. So, where did I go wrong? should I have taken the traditional road of one year med/surg. etc. to continue at a profession that I consider to be innate?