getting back slowly- any suggestions?

  1. Hi,

    I graduated in 2006 with a BSN and started to work but left Nursing only a few months when an opportunity to get back to my old career came up. From all accounts, I did well while I was there - I finished orientation without any extension needed, got good reviews from my preceptor, and got a general feeling that the rest of the staff was happy with my work.

    Now that has finished and I'm thinking of going back into RN-ing. I liked my floor (post cardiac procedure -open heart, stent, etc.), but since a few years have gone by I think that I need to start at a slower pace rather than just jump in again. Can anyone suggest an avenue that might be good for someone who is rusty?

    Also, I'm concerned that I might have pretty bad timing to get back in with all these threads about even up-to-date RNs having problems getting work. For me, I think I'd prefer an alternative to the hospital, given my need to get reacquainted.

    Thanks,

    Dave
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  3. by   pantheon7
    Dave, Why don't you try telemetry? It would be a walk in the park for you. Try The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. They are always looking for people with your qualifications. Good Luck!
  4. by   dave_t
    Hi Pantheon,

    Thanks! One thought - I am thinking that I might need a place that will be ok with my lack of recent experience. Before that I only had a few months working on a floor. For those reasons, I was thinking of trying to ease my way back into it. Not sure if hospitals would be a good fit right now?

    Dave
  5. by   SteveNNP
    You would be entering the workforce essentially as a new grad. Unfortunately, the job market for RNs, especially new grads is VERY tight in NJ. You may get lucky and find a position in a skilled nursing facility or LTAC. Or you might luck out and land a hospital job.

    You're always welcome to join us across the GWB in NYC!! Plenty of jobs here...
  6. by   dave_t
    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for the reply! I was thinking along the same lines. I'm reading up on my med/surg notes and will start applying soon. I've always wanted to see what it was like working in the city, and from where I live, the commute wouldn't be bad at all. Any suggestions/recommendations on where to look?

    Dave
  7. by   SteveNNP
    Quote from dave_t
    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for the reply! I was thinking along the same lines. I'm reading up on my med/surg notes and will start applying soon. I've always wanted to see what it was like working in the city, and from where I live, the commute wouldn't be bad at all. Any suggestions/recommendations on where to look?

    Dave
    I've worked for NY Presbyterian for 2 years now. Good benefits, and best pay in the city from what I've heard of. Our contract was ratified Jan 2008, and is good for 3 years... NYP-Columbia is right across the GWB. Our sister hospital, Cornell is on the Upper East Side.
  8. by   JerzeeMike
    Quote from SteveRN21
    I've worked for NY Presbyterian for 2 years now. Good benefits, and best pay in the city from what I've heard of. Our contract was ratified Jan 2008, and is good for 3 years... NYP-Columbia is right across the GWB. Our sister hospital, Cornell is on the Upper East Side.
    Steve, I sure hope NYP is going to pay you for recruiting for them, LOL!!

    Seriously, thanks for letting us new grads know where the jobs are. I suggest anyone from NJ looking for a position in NYC get their NYS license first. I was at the Job Fair at the Javits Center earlier this month and the recruiters, even those from NY Pres, suggested I get my NYS license then come and see them. It's simple, just download the forms from the site and take the two required online courses and pay the fees. I'm told it should take about a month or so to receive your license so I'd start that process as soon as possible.
  9. by   dave_t
    Thanks Steve, and thanks for that information as well Mike, Good luck!
  10. by   amarilla
    Not sure where you live in NJ, but County College of Morris offers RN Refresher courses, clinical skills review, IV therapy certification, and the like. May be worth a look!

    Best of luck,

    Southern

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