Sadly, I'm nearing the 2 year anniversary of my nursing school graduation. I'm in Southern California and I've applied for all of the major hospitals new grad programs (though I am now ineligible for several of them since it's been over 15-18 months since graduation), every listing on Craigslist/Indeed/Monster/Career Builder that doesn't specifically state NO NEW GRADS, and countless "cold calls" to nursing homes, aesthetic businesses, physicians offices, etc.. I am enrolled in a BSN program but won't graduate until the summer. I also am not from the area so I don't really have any connections. I'm coming to the end of my emotional and financial rope. I need a job and I'm ready to look outside of the traditional patient care nursing jobs.
My mom is a research nurse and has suggested I look into that, but all of the jobs I've found require a bachelors and experience in research. I'd love to still be in a hospital, but I can accept not working in one. I do have some experience with medical records (but not coding) and accounts payable (for a healthcare facility). Honestly as much as I'd love my dream floor nursing job, I think I could also be content combining my past experience with my new education.
So what other careers can a girl with an ADN (working towards a BSN) get into?
*Also, my husband is in a job that is perfect for him, he loves it, it's a great salary, and at this point it's his salary that is paying ALL of our bills. Moving would be an absolute last resort for us.
Dec 2, '12
for Fed. jobs in your area and also look at your states web site for employment opportunities
Good luck - I hope something opens up for you soon
Dec 9, '12
You could work for the government health department, or veterans affairs, or the local prison, or be a school nurse, or teach health science classes to high school kids. Home health agency? Plus you being in school right now could be a factor and they may see you as not being avaliable enough.
Dec 11, '12
What about teaching at vocational schools such as medical assistants or nurse's aides?
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