I graduated from a CC in May 2012, got my first job and worked at a hospital 90 miles away for 3 months before I couldn't keep up. The drive alone could take 3 hours in snowy weather and it just wasn't possible. I worked on a busy Cardiac unit and learned a lot in my time with the hospital.
I continued my education and went back for my BSN graduating in January '15 and have since moved to another state. I am about to apply for my license and start looking for jobs, but I worry about the fact that although I've been active in school and furthering my education that my lack of experience will put me at a major disadvantage.
In the middle of my BSN coursework I suffered a huge, critical health crisis where I was lucky to survive. I was in the ICU for 7 weeks and it's taken me since January of '14 (when I was faced with the near loss of my life) to get back to a really healthy state where I am mentally and physically ready to start working again. During that time when I was still very ill, I finished my BSN with a 4.0 and Summa Cum Laude honors.
I'm sorry for the very long post, but it's scary to step back into this nursing world when I know I have very minimal work history - even for good reason. After my own health crisis, I feel I have even more dedication, passion, understanding, and heart to bring with me in whichever position I hope to find.
Any advice for what I can do to highlight the positives and hopefully become employed? I am going to a job fair in the state I live in now and am hoping to make some contacts, but I feel a bit anxious since I can't talk up my work experience (all 3 months of it).