I need some advice, I simply don't know who else to turn to, besides you, my dear nurses:( Please no judgements, I'm still new to nursing and the whole adulting thing.
I'll try to make this as short and to the point as possible.
I passed NCLEX in October '16 and started working in a home care agency in December '16. My logic behind that was that maybe while working there I can still search for a job in a hospital, I couldn't just sit and do nothing, I still had to pay my bills. They paid me $17/hr for my RN with BSN I guess because I was a new grad, but that was enough to make a living.
Luckily enough, I got a job offer in a hospital in March '17! Ofcouse I accepted it, I was so happy that my life has finally took turn for the best. Around that time period I also found out about another home care agency that paid $20/hr. I thought to myself, maybe I can work in a hospital 3 days a week (that's what they offered), and work in Home Care the other 2 days. This way I'd be busy and productive, gaining lots of experience and make more money. So that's when I quit my first Home Care job and applied for the second one. I got hired immediately, they wanted me to work right away, however I told them I don't know my availability yet because I'll be working in a hospital and still have to go through all of that orientation. So I left that on hold.
Meanwhile I was going through orientation in a hospital. When I was already on the floor, I had to take extra classes during first few weeks, while during other weeks other things came up (my boyfriends car broke down and we only had 1 car in a household, then our cat got sick). So I figured that maybe I'll just stick to the hospital job and leave home care behind. It felt like one job was already enough at this time. 6 weeks into orientation in a hospital, my employment was terminated When I asked them for a reason so I wouldn't make the same mistakes in the future, the only thing they said was "you didn't meet the requirements within the first 90 days". When I asked if there was anything specific, they said "this is just in general", and that's it. They didn't give me any other answers. I don't think it was a med error, I was never late, yeah it was tough but I felt like I was doing okay, I thought I'd get through it. But anyway, even though I'm still grieving, I need to pull myself up and figure out what I'm going to do next.
So I called that second Home Care agency today, and they said they're happy to find an assignment for me. They said they will give me a call on Monday.
But meanwhile it's only Friday, I can't just sit and do nothing. My number one worry is what is they never find an assignment, or what if they'll keep forgetting, I don't want to be too needy and call them everyday all of a sudden. After all, they hired me in March, and it's now May.
So I want to apply to other hospitals as I wait, because my goal is to get few years of hospital experience and go for Family NP eventually. Just because it didn't work out with one hospital, doesn't mean I should give up, right :)? I will keep on trying. I can't imagine doing anything else besides nursing.
So now I need some advice on what I should put on my resume. I decided not to put this hospital job on there, because it's only been 6 weeks and it's just going to raise extra questions.
So right now I came up with 2 options:
Option 1 "December '16 - March '17: Home care job #1, reason for leaving: had to travel". Yeah, maybe I left my job so I could go back to Germany to take care of my sick grandma who raised me, and now that I'm back, I'm ready to work again, but the position at my old job was closed so I'm looking for a new job
Option 2 "December '16 - March '17: Home care job #1 reason for leaving: reduced hours (which was actually true) March '17 - Now: Home care job #2 (technically I am employed there since march)"
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that even if they decide to call my current/past employer, the only information that they'll be able to get are my employment dates and whether or not I'm still working there. Employers are not allowed to disclose any information besides that
So this is my situation. I would really appreciate your thoughts, advice, and any help that I can get with my resume if there are any other options that I didn't think of, I'm opened to ideas. Thanks guys!