In Search For The Perfect Nursing Job...

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    Specializes in Programming / Strategist for allnurses. Has 27 years experience.

He's been spending so much time searching for a nursing job that he decided to use his TV as a monitor.

People have done crazy things in their search for the perfect nursing job ... What have you done or are doing to get your dream job?

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Davey Do

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Specializes in Psych (25 years), Medical (15 years). Has 44 years experience.
31 minutes ago, Joe V said:

People have done crazy things in their search for the perfect nursing job ... What have you done or are doing to get your dream job?

After being terminated from a community clinic as a NS for medical services for one year, I decided to give up on nursing and pursue my freelance art.

A psych nursing position found me in which I made more than in my jobs as a nurse and artist combined.

In a way, it was my dream job, as I held that position for 17 years- 10 years more than my other longest  position.

But sometimes dreams are nightmares, as this position certainly was at times, but I would not trade the experience for ANYTHING (other than a box of Fried Twinkies).

Mmmmm.... "Fried Twinkies"!

Hoosier_RN, MSN

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Specializes in dialysis. Has 30 years experience.

I applied for 10 years, was always offered part time, but needed full time d/t being single parent/financial source for my kids. Once they were grown and gone and the right opportunity presented, I accepted, and I'm in my retirement job

Red Shirt 6, CNA

2 Articles; 142 Posts

Has 4 years experience.

In the search I joined several social media sites like Allnurses.com, used specialized employment sites, played the lottery. The result still searching. 

Specializes in Physiology, CM, consulting, nsg edu, LNC, COB. Has 53 years experience.

I interviewed for everything I was remotely qualified for (I.e., RN license and warm/breathing), even things I knew I DIDN'T WANT TO DO, to keep my unemployment office case manager happy. Most of them said "Overqualified. Next?"

By golly, by accident I found one that I could do for the three months it would take me to get another teaching job .... and to my vast astonishment I discovered I loved it, it led to a whole 'nother set of opportunities, and in 27 years I never went back to the hospital (except as a patient, LOL).

NutmeggeRN, BSN

8 Articles; 4,569 Posts

Specializes in kids. Has 40 years experience.

I'm in it! School nurse x 27 years (RN) for 38    holy crap I'm getting old!

The job found me, a parent/teacher/friend reached out to me when the previous nurse was retiring. I applied and voila! I got it!

Specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes. Has 11 years experience.

I worked at a LTC facility that had just opened a new rehab wing for total joint replacement pts. I did not want LTC, it was an hour drive 5 days/week. I went because the new DON had been one of my nursing instructors (she was part time and they got rid of her-big mistake!). 

I kept applying to the hospital I wanted-true bucket list place. I was an older new RN and knew I wanted to work there. 

I applied for a nurse residency position. Turns out, I was considered a "new grad" for a year. At 10 months, I was accepted into a specialty residency program for orthopedics. 6 months of orientation. The 10 months I spent at a LTC facility gave me great experience with ortho patients and, cerainly, time management. 

I have now been at my dream job for over 8 years!! I love my facility, I love my patient population. I feel very lucky for the way everything worked out. Starting nursing at almost 50 years old, there wasn't time for farting around trying to find my dream job. I found it immediately. Very appreciative. 

Esrun777

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The craziest thing any of us can do is believe that our dream nursing job really exists. 

I applied for remote positions for about 9 months (only 3 years of nursing experience, 2 in the hospital and 1 in the clinic) despite everyone telling me it wasn’t likely. I finally got a work-from-home position at my dream organization. It’s medication refill - I work evenings from home, no weekends or holidays. 40 hours a week. 

I honestly think if you just believe that there’s something better out there, you’re doing more than the vast majority of people. Don’t let fear control you!!

So I'm a new grad at 60 (graduated last year at the start of Covid) and worked C-19 testing/vaccination clinics until I got a job in an ER (go figure), which I thought was going to be my dream job (very small rural ER and you do everything from UC to inpatient). Loved trauma-1 ER I had volunteered at and thought ER was my jam. I'm 5 months into that job and I'm not sure. I've been working 3 months in a stepdown ICU and I really enjoy the bedside. So dunno. I'm keeping both jobs (ER is a 0.3 and SDICU is 0.75) and we'll see how things play out.

I probably only have 10 years in this profession though and I'm only planning on 5. 

Lunah, MSN, RN

33 Articles; 13,729 Posts

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 15 years experience.

I joined the Army Nurse Corps at age 38. Direct commission, no military experience (just grew up as a military brat, so at least I already knew rank, acronyms, and the phonetic alphabet, haha). That was crazy! 

SmilingBluEyes

20,964 Posts

Specializes in Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis. Has 26 years experience.

There is no perfect job, but I am doing well in mine right now. I don't ADORE it but don't hate it either. To me, the best "job" is "retired volunteer" RN. I will likely volunteer in several places where I may be needed but can't wait for retirement. This will be in just a few years, woohoo.

Davey Do

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Specializes in Psych (25 years), Medical (15 years). Has 44 years experience.
On 6/2/2021 at 9:50 PM, SmilingBluEyes said:

There is no perfect job

Perhaps not, SBE, But working in CD tx for 3 1/2 years were some of the very best days of my life.

Those days were like the opening paragraph of Dickens' Tale of Two Cities:  "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

I went into that position as an LPN with a bad attitude, won't bore you with the details, but that job, that Program, Administrator, Staff, and Patients were the greatest.

I went through a divorce from my first wife and the RN program during that time, and have not experienced a more loving, growing, and supportive environment.

I feel blessed, and it would be my wish that every Nurse would get to experience that sort of position, just once in their career.