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Hello;

I have been working in and Emergency Room for around 5 years now as a patient registrar and currently as a ER Tech. I recently passed my boards last month. I was told by my manager back in February that they would hold a opening for me but then Covid hit and the hospital went on a hiring freeze and because I had nothing in writing I couldn’t transfer over. I don’t know what to do now. I really wanted to stay there as I have so much experience there and it’ll be better to learn my skills as a nurse somewhere I’m familiar with. Because I’m a single parent realistically working there is the option that fits the situation I’m in at this time. Should I just wait it out a little longer? Has anyone else didn’t get a job right out of school or after passing boards?

Jedrnurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in school nurse. Has 25 years experience.

I would wait it out for a little while. In the meantime, have you started working on classes that would help you "hit the ground running" if and when the ER brings you on board? (e.g. ACLS)

A lot of people (at least if you research it on AN) report not getting a job right away after passing their exam, and that was BEFORE the pandemic shutdown. As long as you're continuing to work I don't think it will hurt you as long as it doesn't drag on too long.

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

2 hours ago, ddockery85 said:

Hello;

I have been working in and Emergency Room for around 5 years now as a patient registrar and currently as a ER Tech. I recently passed my boards last month. I was told by my manager back in February that they would hold a opening for me but then Covid hit and the hospital went on a hiring freeze and because I had nothing in writing I couldn’t transfer over. I don’t know what to do now. I really wanted to stay there as I have so much experience there and it’ll be better to learn my skills as a nurse somewhere I’m familiar with. Because I’m a single parent realistically working there is the option that fits the situation I’m in at this time. Should I just wait it out a little longer? Has anyone else didn’t get a job right out of school or after passing boards?

One month is not a huge length of time in some markets, and things are weird in a lot of places right now. If I were in your position, I'd start putting out applications and see who calls back. And if someone does call back, see what they have to offer and compare it to what you have now.

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 9 years experience.

If you need to pay your bills, you need a job. It's going to take a while no matter what. Start applying anywhere and everywhere. If something opens up where you are in the meantime, great, but if it doesn't, you will be glad you didn't wait to begin applying elsewhere. New grad jobs are hard to find right now, so hit the ground running.

Have you spoken with your manager about this again recently? Although there are so many unknowns about this situation, admin usually has some idea of tentative expectations for the near future. Your organization is surely aware of the current and projected covid situation for their region/area and has been discussing what that will mean with regard to their business.

Casually speak with your manager to see if you can get a feel for things. Meanwhile start putting out applications. You don't want to become an "old" new grad solely as a result of voluntarily choosing to wait indefinitely for information from one particular source.

Good luck!

speedynurse, ADN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in ER, Pre-Op, PACU.

11 hours ago, ddockery85 said:

Hello;

I have been working in and Emergency Room for around 5 years now as a patient registrar and currently as a ER Tech. I recently passed my boards last month. I was told by my manager back in February that they would hold a opening for me but then Covid hit and the hospital went on a hiring freeze and because I had nothing in writing I couldn’t transfer over. I don’t know what to do now. I really wanted to stay there as I have so much experience there and it’ll be better to learn my skills as a nurse somewhere I’m familiar with. Because I’m a single parent realistically working there is the option that fits the situation I’m in at this time. Should I just wait it out a little longer? Has anyone else didn’t get a job right out of school or after passing boards?

I understand wanting to stay in the department you are comfortable in. I started as a new grad in the ER that I had been a tech in because my team was so supportive. Have you talked to your manager to get an answer? A lot of times it’s just a matter of getting a position approved and posted so you can apply. I would just go to her and ask for an honest answer....say something along the lines of you really want to stay in the department that you are invested in and comfortable in, but you are also concerned about the need for an RN job in the near future. Managers have a lot of their plates and sometimes just need a reminder.

ruby_jane, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing. Has 10 years experience.

On 8/11/2020 at 2:12 AM, Jedrnurse said:

I would wait it out for a little while. In the meantime, have you started working on classes that would help you "hit the ground running" if and when the ER brings you on board? (e.g. ACLS)

A lot of people (at least if you research it on AN) report not getting a job right away after passing their exam, and that was BEFORE the pandemic shutdown. As long as you're continuing to work I don't think it will hurt you as long as it doesn't drag on too long.

^^^

When things open again you'll be much more marketable. ACLS, PALS if needed - hop over to the ER nurse board and see what else they recommend.

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