Hello and thank you for reading! I am a new nurse, graduated in September 2009. Before going to nursing school, I had an MA in psychology. As a new nurse looking for employment, I was lucky to start right into a specialty and I am now a psychiatric/pediatric nurse. However, I do want med surg experience. I have tried to get per diem work with no success, as it seems when hired for per diem work, the facilities want someone who already has experience and they are unwilling to provide training/orientation. Now, I am looking to change jobs altogether, in order to get a med surg position. I have applied to many jobs and have had a couple interviews, but no luck yet. So my questions are, "Can I, sort of, start over so that I can get med surg experience?" and "Could I be missing out on some jobs that might be offered to a new nurse, including orientation, because I am already working?". Also, d/t my education, I have already been able to achieve pay increases (yes, lucky me, I don't take that for granted). Could this also be affecting me being able to get another position and to being able to get oriented on another unit? Oh no, am I already being "pigeon holed" into a specialty? (I still like psychiatric nursing, but I want to be well rounded and have the chance to practice my med surg skills). How can I show that I would be an asset to a potential boss on a med surg floor who is willing to hire me? Thank you in advnce for your thoughts!