I haven't worked since last summer, and have recently started applying....everywhere. Four years experience in the healthcare field, and two of those as a nurse on an acute med/surg floor. I felt my resume was good, I have ICU experience, in-patient dialysis and did my preceptorship in oncology back when I was in school.
It's really discouraging! How long is the economy going to be like this?! I went to a job fair and got a lot of "sorry, but you need experience in this specialty." I'm willing to go into any specialty, and when I was in school a lot of recruiters would say "get some med/surg experience first." Well, now I'm experienced and it's "You need experience in this specialty." ***!!!
I have an interview with a nursing home on Thursday and the DON didn't seem too pleased that my only LTC experience is as a CNA. In my previous job I was always overloaded with patients, had a team under me to supervise, dealt with catastrophic illnesses, vents, post-op's, did conscious sedation, in-patient dialysis. I'm so upset that this isn't even seen as impressive in this tough economy.
I miss the days when they used to kiss our butts and offer huge bonuses. Used to be able to just walk into a facility, talk to someone and get a job.
Just needed to vent. Any thoughts or idea's would be helpful too.