I am a recent May 2012 grad from a very respected ASN program in the Mid-Atlantic. I recently passed the NCLEX, so now I'm looking for that first job.
I'm a more "mature" new nurse, with lots of life experiences to bring to any new job. I've applied at several hospitals, several different types of positions/shifts, even with long commuting distances from home. Not one single phone call.
Throughout school, I worked as a CNA with a home health company. I enjoyed working with clients in their homes as a CNA, so when the company offered me a PRN RN position, which I accepted without much thought.
My concern is that I will get pigeon-holed as a Home Care Nurse, and will never gain any clinical skills. The company I will be working for does not do any "skilled" nursing care (trachs, vents, G Tubes, etc.), but only provides a basic nursing assessment and care plan management, then delegates client care to the Home Care CNA.
With the job market and economy still sputtering, I realize finding that "dream nursing job" is a figment of my imagination without any clinical experience or a BSN in hand. I'm hoping I can wait it out doing Home Care nursing until the job market improves.
Is this a good decision to make? Will I regret working in home care right out of nursing school? Has anyone else taken this path right out of school? If so I would appreciate any lessons learned or advice...Thanks!