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How to market self in a return to work?

ekg123 ekg123 (New) New

Hello all. I am returning to nursing after 4 years off to have children and finish my BSN.

I graduated with an ASN in 2011 and worked as an LTAC RN for a meager 8 months before quitting when my first child was born. I found I just couldn't juggle full time nights and a newborn. (I commend those of you who can! I know there are many!) I did get a good introduction to nursing, as my facility took really medically complex patients and I was able to do things such as NG tubes, G/J tubes, Vents, tele,wound vacs even LVADS.

I returned to BSN school in 2013 and graduated last December. My university hired me to teach in the nursing sim lab, and I did that for one semester before having another child and moving out of state.

I am now ready for full time work, but worry about how my lack of work experience comes off. If any of you have experience as either hiring managers or a return to work with little experience, I would appreciate your feedback. Is there a type of nursing that would be more likely to hire me, or a way to market myself that would increase my chances of hire? I made sure to get BLS/ACLS certified, as I know that is sort of a baseline certification for hire. I would prefer not to work LTAC as so many facilities are closing, and truth be told, I found it to be a rather depressing grind. Thanks for your time and input!

BSNbeDONE specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health.

I would suggest looking for a teaching hospital, as I feel they would be a little more forgiving/understanding of your situation and the need for reorientation to the healthcare environment. Also, consider obtaining a letter of recommendation from the two former employers.

Gotta be honest, though. Eight months of experience in 5 years makes for a rocky road ahead because there are ASN and BSN new grads that are fresh out of clinicals with recent skills competencies. Of course, you already know this.

Good luck!

NurseStorm specializes in Pediatrics, Mother-Baby and SCN.

Maybe do something like ACLS/pals, etc, depending on what type of unit you work on. And/or some courses/certifications/workshops etc on relevant topics. I wouldn't think it would be too much of an issue, lots of people have babies. It's not like you had time off work due to med errors or something. Good luck!

*edit* Sorry guess I missed the 8 months of experience in 5 years as I was skimming a little lol. So yes, I can see your concern. Still the only advice I could have would remain what I said above! :)

Thank you both for the input. I am aware that I may have a challenge ahead of me in terms of getting hired. I have done the ACLS certification, and will certainly look into others that may make me more marketable. I don't have any teaching hospitals in my vicinity, but am willing to look at positions outside of the hospital setting. Wish me luck!


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