I am a new grad who chose to make a career change at 35 years old. Like many other people here, I make/made a decent salary in my current position but my calling is really to help others and I know that for certain. I passed my boards in February and am proud to say I am a registered nurse at 37 years old. I am encountering one major problem as I search for positions, I have no previous patient care experience and employers do not seem interested in me for this reason. I have only been searching for a job for three months and I have heard other new grads say that it took them 6 months to find a job...so I am trying to keep my head up. I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to get some experience if no one will hire you. I am spending any extra time that I have searching for patient-centered volunteer opportunities at local hospitals. It is heartbreaking to sit in orientations with newly hired RNs that tell me they were hired at the end of the interview...knowing that I was never even given the courtesty of a reply from the same facility. I have been offered a position at a local nursing home...but most of the patients have alzheimers and I will be assigned 20 patients after only three weeks of orientation. I am not sure if this is a smart move....will I get experience that will get me another job???? Will I be stuck in LTC for the rest of my career? Any replies or advice are greatly appreciated.
Sign me....not so jubilant today