I am a recent New grad from a LPN to RN program. Before I graduated I was working at a HMO in an ambulatory setting. I graduated in Nov and then the economy took a dive.....so I have been unable to find a job in an acute care setting in my area.
I live in Denver and all of the hospitals are on hiring freezes. I was able to get a job at the HMO I was working at.
Before all of this I was certain I would be in a hospital, but after many tries and talking to many recruiters it didn't work out that way. After I accepted my current position a position became available at a LTAC.
I was thinking of waiting the recession out where I am and learning all I can. The place I'm at is really busy with several chest pain walkins a day, constant phone and patient triage, and IV's. Once hospitals are hiring,I want to start applying to gain acute care experience. I realize the importance of acute care experience.
My question, Will my ambulatory experience be helpful to my future career? Will my experience look good or bad when I apply for hospital work? Would I still be considered a new grad because was never in an actue setting.
I want to do case management but I would like to do some hospital work also. I have to be realistic....I needed a job.
What about LTAC experience. How is that looked upon by recruiters?
Thanks for everyones advice.