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How to be a marketable nurse?

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by Starr223 Starr223 (New) New

Hi everyone,

I successfully endorsed my NY license to Cali after doing some units at school. And now job hunting. A little background, graduated internationally at 2008, worked general nursing for 2 yrs and 4yrs as MedSurg in KSA. Then I had a working gap for 2 years while my petition to US was filed and the the endorsement. With that, im finding hard to land a hospital job in NOrCal. Any suggestions how I can be marketable? Trainings/certifications I can get? Or any suggestions where to apply? Any input would be appreciated! (But not into Covid nursing as I have this little one to take care of 😌)

God bless everyone and stay safe.

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

I am not familiar with KSA.

From the hospital perspective, you are a wild card. You don't have US experience and now have a 2 year gap. You will want to apply for the jobs others tend not to want. Night shift. SNF. LTACH. Jails. Rural hospitals. Your primary goal should be to get some experience under your belt.

On 7/30/2020 at 9:34 AM, Nurse SMS said:

I am not familiar with KSA.

From the hospital perspective, you are a wild card. You don't have US experience and now have a 2 year gap. You will want to apply for the jobs others tend not to want. Night shift. SNF. LTACH. Jails. Rural hospitals. Your primary goal should be to get some experience under your belt.

Thank you!
KSA-kingdom of saudi arabia 😄

im currently working at a snf, post acute, for about 6 months now. Tried applying to entry level nurse for hospitals but still nada. Everyone prefers acute experience but how can I get one ?

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

On 8/16/2020 at 12:48 AM, Starr223 said:

Thank you!
KSA-kingdom of saudi arabia 😄

im currently working at a snf, post acute, for about 6 months now. Tried applying to entry level nurse for hospitals but still nada. Everyone prefers acute experience but how can I get one ?

You will have to work your way up. first, get more than 6 months experience in the US. That will be the first step - having a year or more here.

Next, try for an LTACH or rehab hospital. That is the step in between a SNF and an acute care hospital. Work that for a year or so, then start applying to hospitals. If you can find a hospital with a rehab floor, that would be the most advantageous. Many have them.

In the meantime, join nursing organizations and start networking. Socialize, attend meetings and make friends. The smoothest way to get an acute care job in your situation is to have someone who is willing to recommend you to a hiring manager.