So, I graduated with my BSN in Dec. 2011, got my first job as a part of the Versant RN Residency at a children's hospital in the PICU right after graduation. Loved it, but I unfortunately had a medical issue that caused me to miss shifts and I eventually needed surgery and I didn't qualify for FMLA (since I'd only been working there for 8 months) so I had to quit my job. Got the surgery, did the extensive PT, and now I'm great.
After I rehabbed, I worked as a professional actress in Los Angeles (something I'd always wanted to do, blah blah). Kept up my RN license and such in the 1.5 years I did that for and I also tutored math, science, and NCLEX prep on the side. Then my husband gets transferred to Texas, so I quit acting and move with him. From 2011 to 2014 I also worked as a part of the medical staff for a diabetes summer camp which involved extensive RN work (dosing insulin, diabetes education, infirmary first aid, even IV infusions).
When I get to Texas, I consider going back to nursing, but honestly it scared me. I was afraid I'd get sick again and mess it all up, or I wouldn't be any good after being away for a while. So I chickened out for a year. But now I know I can do it and I'm getting my BLS and ACLS done as we speak.
As far as the resume and cover letter go, I'm really at a loss as to what to do about my work history in the interim. I know that an employer would like to see that I was working while not in nursing, but acting? Even though I have a moderately successful acting resume, I'm pretty sure they won't care at all. The diabetes camp RN stuff is good, and I have that as my top post in my "Volunteer Experience" portion. Right now I have my PICU job listed, my RN residency listed, then tutoring, and then the acting stuff in a general category with minimal description, then my previous customer service jobs (restaurants, research assistant stuff, etc). Should I just leave off the acting stuff?
Also, I'm only applying to jobs that require 6 months of nursing experience (since that's all I've got), but should I consider applying to jobs that require 1 year because I did the RN residency?
My main goal is to get really any RN job where I can diversify my skills (since I'm all peds and diabetes right now) so I can get the two years experience required to get my Certified Diabetes Educator certificate and then work as a CDE.
Sorry for the lengthy post! Thank you to anyone who reads it.