I'm a 10-year LPN vet and a new grad RN. I've spent the last 7 years working in SNF management. I'm a mom of two small children with no family support and a deployed active duty husband. My goal is to do FNU's WH/CNM program.
All of that is to say that I recently started working again and I'm a little worried that I may be killing my chances of ever getting into acute care. I took an SDC/occ health position in an assisted living because the hours are consistent and work for my family. And, while it's great for right now, it's not my goal. OB is my passion and the only place I see myself headed. Since I'm back in management and essentially doing zero patient care am I destroying my chance of getting into a hospital setting in the future?
In 2 years both of my kids will be in school and my husband will be at a non-deploying unit. In the mean time I'm starting at WGU to finish my BSN, and get myself primed for grad school. it kills me that I won't have the opportunity to do acute care before I start, though (I have zero experience, so I would never be able to commit to a preceptorship even if the goal was to try to go per diem).
I worried that, in 2 years, I will have lost my chance at those "new grad" opportunities, but I'll be unattractive because I don't have acute care experience. Any insight? Things I can do now to make myself more attractive for the future?