This is my first time getting to post on the general nursing board!ive spent a lot of time on the pre-nursing and student boards, but now I need advice on fully entering the the profession!
I am a new graduate and just passed the NCLEX a couple weeks ago! ive been riding the high of "officially" being a nurse but had a pretty big reality check today.
Ive worked in the restaurant industry for the last 10 years. With 1 year as a Nurse assistant in an ER. But tonight I found out that my place of employment for the last 5 is shutting down.
Of course I was already pursuing nursing jobs since January, but I wasn't too stressed out about not getting one yet, since I had a job that paid the bills. But now I only have 1 month to find a new one.
My question is, since I only have about a 1 month cushion once the restaurant closes, at what point should I start applying for non-RN jobs to make sure I still have money flowing in.
I have an ADN and am currently in an RN-BSN program which I will graduate from May 2018.
I have my heart set on working in an acute setting, but only a few of my classmates have gotten jobs in a hospital with a ADN.
so I feel like my options are:
1)start also pursuing TCUs or LTC
2)get another resturaunt job while I'm waiting for a hospital position
3)try to get hired as a Nurse Assistant somewhere and hope it leads to an RN gig in the future.
Im worried about starting some place new and then needing to leave right away, I know I need to prioritize meeting my own needs, but don't want to be inconsiderate either. So when do I start looking for non-RN jobs and what kind of job is the smartest idea? Or perhaps there's other options I haven't thought of yet too.
Thanks for your help! I know that was a long (grammatically challenged) story