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I Thought I Had My Dream Job, but My Past Took It Away...

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OrganizedChaos has 10 years experience and works as a LVN.

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OrganizedChaos has 10 years experience and works as a LVN.

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Thank you. *hugs* I think I need a break for awhile & then need to start studying again. Obviously I can't work as an LVN in this area.

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I'm sorry this has happened. You say you can't handle ltc, but could you handle it off a short period just so things aren't so tight financially? Would you consider other hospital positions?

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Try LTC. I know you said you couldn't handle it, but you'd be surprised what you can handle when you have no choice. In the meanwhile, getting a job anywhere outside of nursing (such as retail) can help pay the bills until you find another nursing job. You do what ya gotta do. I know this all too well. Good luck to you.

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klone has 13 years experience as a MSN, RN and works as a Director of OB Services.

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I'm sorry this happened, OC. I know you say you can't handle LTC/SNF, but lots and lots of nurses handle it every day. I'm sure you're not any different from them. Sometimes you have to do things that you don't want to do, at least for a short time. I agree that now is a fabulous time to look into getting your RN.

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Hi, OC -

Just wanted to say I'm sorry...life is hard enough without things like this.

I wish you the best. Practice self care wherever you can, that is to say - be easy on yourself. It will help you to maintain hope and think more clearly about your next steps.

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Everline works as a Public Health Nurse.

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Oh wow, so sorry! I can only imagine what you are feeling right now! I wish there was something I could personally say or do to make it better. I truly hope when you look back on this, you will be able to make sense of it. I'm hoping there is something great in your future that you wouldn't have otherwise found. Best wishes to you!

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Damn...Sorry you are going through this, OrganizedChaos.

Honestly, you should consider your mother's advice and go back to school for your RN. RN = more job opportunities. Plus,

-with nursing schools adding classes to their curriculum every year or so, while increasing the tuition...

-and the so called politicians in charge of student loans...

I say get that RN license whenever possible.

Worried about taking out student loans...? There are nursing loan repayment programs, and there are programs that can pay for you while you are in school. True that is no guarantee that you will get into these programs, but it does not hurt to apply them.

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Now, as to which RN route to go for...(Disclaimer: My 2 cents. Take it with a grain of salt.)

RN-Associate degree program: This program tend to be the cheaper RN route. Their students tend to do better clinical-wise compared to BSN or higher students, but these programs tend to have abysmal pass rates.

RN-BSN program: This is what hospitals want nowadays - thanks in part to "Magnet Status." There are some hospitals that are willing to pay for their Associate RNs' BSN education, but there are some that rather hire a RN-BSN from the jump.

RN-MSN (graduate entry) program: I would not advise this route, unless you do not have the money to go for the RN-BSN. Through this route, one can get enough Fedloan to pay for the program.

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OrganizedChaos has 10 years experience and works as a LVN.

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I don't know if I'm just defeated or what but I don't have the emotional energy to work in any other field of nursing or go back to school. I really love corrections. I don't have a passion for anything else. I think I have to sit down & look into other fields I could get a job.

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I can understand feeling frustrated and defeated but personally if given the choice of not working, or working in a job I'm not passionate about but provides for my family, I would choose the latter. However, I recognize everyone has different priorities

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I'm really sorry this has happened to you. {HUGS} and [bLESSINGES} to you. :0)

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I'm sorry this happened, OC. I know you say you can't handle LTC/SNF, but lots and lots of nurses handle it every day. I'm sure you're not any different from them. Sometimes you have to do things that you don't want to do, at least for a short time. I agree that now is a fabulous time to look into getting your RN.

You could be right. But people generally know what they can and can't handle. I don't want to see her jump from the frying pan into the fire.

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I don't know if I'm just defeated or what but I don't have the emotional energy to work in any other field of nursing or go back to school. I really love corrections. I don't have a passion for anything else. I think I have to sit down & look into other fields I could get a job.

Maybe leave Nursing altogether for a while? Don't let your license lapse. Work part-time in Nursing and do something else until you figure it out. Good luck.

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