Well, I worked LTC and got a job as an RN in a community hospital when I got my RN. However after that I was not even called for hospital jobs when I went from hosptial to LTC.
Now I have been a case manager since 2006 and I think, they may be laughing at me when I apply. They will hire a new grad over me. I have so much to give. BSN, will have my MSN in Feb 2013 major is Informatics.
I am in Middle TN and cannot find a refresher course or a job at a hospital, come to think of it, getting one at a NH has been next to impossible as well. I guess I'm branded CM....And since I have no hospital experience-I can't be a hospital CM. So I do believe that you get pigieon-holed in what you do and it takes the right hiring manager to get you out-so I guess that is LUCK
. Not to mention the market is depressing. I'm even willing to take a new grad position/pay to start at the bottom.
Quote from Autymn
I can't count how many of the following types of posts I've read here and on other sites in the past six months:
"...I have a decent offer in an LTC, but am interviewing also for a hospital position. I know I need to get experience really however/where there may be a chance for me as a new grad, but I don't want to get stuck in LTC or assisted living as I'm passionate about 'yada yada yada' and my friend/aunt/third cousin who is a DON/MSN Administrator/Senior Case Manager in Public Health/Shareholder of a conglomerate healthcare holding TOLD me I'd be messing up my real chances at getting into a hospital position if I am start in an LTC and try to get my first year of experience there..."
Just how much of this is a myth, and or give the hard truth -- if you heart is set on at some not too distant point going into a specialty -- will working in an LTC first or for too long (and how long is too long - however subjective that length might be)...will that seriously dampen/lower/negate a real chance from being hired into a hospital position??
Thanks very much.