Every RN I have mentioned this to has looked at me like this was a very bad idea.
But I'm serious. I've got the RN BSN and I cannot find a job. I've considered working away from home but am very reluctant to seriously pursue this option. The spouse has the good job and the good income and we have a house and a pet, family ties, etc., we are firmly settled where we are. I flunked an interview for an away job yesterday and was half humiliated and half relieved. The humiliated part of me is still tearful; the relieved part is thinking of new ways to approach the job search.
I would like (no, LOVE) a job as a nurse and I don't care if it is at the LPN level of responsibility and accountability. In fact, I might even prefer at this point in time, after having been out of school for so long (grad May 2009), to begin work at the LPN level. I'm willing to do almost any job in healthcare, just to get into the industry. However, my only option for work seems to be outside of healthcare -- because I have the RN, no one wants to hire me because they know I will quit as soon as I find that RN job. That might have made sense a year ago, but here I am still unemployed. I NEED A JOB.
I have asked my BoN and I can take the NCLEX-PN. I have also asked if I can work "below my license." There is no rule that says I cannot work below the license. This doesn't mean anyone would hire me to be an aide or an LPN if I had that license, too, but they are not prohibited from doing so; I understand the difference.
Thoughts, dear readers?