So here’s my back story. After graduating, it was hard to find an job as a new nurse in the acute care setting. I’m from Hawaii so the options are you’re really lucky and get into a new grad program right away (which you owe roughly 20 grand if you leave in the first 2 years), you work as a CNA for a little bit to get your foot in the door and pray that they pick you for the new grad program (I know a few nurses that worked as CNAs for 2 years before they got it), or you work in a rehab/long term for a little and pray that you get hired in the hospital after a year or two. Some hospitals in Hawaii do new grad programs based on the census, so sometimes they don’t even have them. I decided to go the CNA route. So I was a CNA for almost a year after I graduated and they didn’t have a new grad program for that year. When the new grad program came about, there was about 20-30 CNAs applying to about 8-10 positions. At this time, I had the option to move to the Mainland with my bf. I decided to move. I decided to get a rehab/long term care job and I wanted to get experience for almost a year and then try for the hospital. The area that I moved to also doesn’t like to hire new grads. SO long story short, after 10 months, I got into a float pool position at a hospital AND I AM SINKING. I feel so stupid. I study and refresh on things but it’s such a different environment. I look like a fish out of water. I ask a lot of questions but I’m on a fine line of not looking stupid. Any one have any advice on this transition? Any one else have this problem?