No hospital experience. Feel like I forgot everything I learned. Applying for new job.


Hello everyone, this is my first thread. I couldn't really come up with the best title, but perhaps some people feel the same way as I do right now or have gone through it.

Some backstory: I graduated from a CC and received my AA in nursing in May 2013 and passed the NCLEX in July 2013. While applying for jobs, I got discouraged and decided to take some time off, I'll call it a vacation to just travel and to get away from all the stress. Fast forward to August 2014, I started working part time at an adult medical day care center, my first job as an RN and I also went back to school/enrolled in a RN-BSN transfer program. I finished the program quickly this year May 2015 and kept working up until mid-August. My family had planned a month long out of the country vacation in the beginning of the year to go in September and I could not be gone for that log so I decided to leave.

So, now. After taking all this time off and having no sort of clinical/hospital experience while looking for new jobs now, I feel like how I did back in 2013. I feel discouraged all over again and feel nervous about applying for jobs.

I am looking for a hospital job at the moment. And also the medical day care center where I worked, I did vitals, injections and medication administration, a lot of documentation, etc. There wasn't really any hands on skills that you'd do at a hospital and such. I feel like I forgot everything that I learned in nursing school; it gives me so much anxiety and it just eats away at me. If I find a job, I don't want to look like a clueless idiot that doesn't know what they are doing... Some words of encouragement and advice would be wonderful.

Thank you for taking the time to read.


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Was hoping I'd get some responses by now. :/


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Make sure you look for a job with a long orientation. That's all the advice I have as I'm a new nurse, but hopefully someone will come along with some more input. Good luck!