Second-Career 50-ish RN working LTAC - Anxious about searching for new job

Dear Nurse Beth, I am a second-career RN, 50-ish, about 18 months into my first job. When I graduated, I thought I was poised for success. I was on honor roll, had letters of recommendation, was a strong interview, and great with clinical questions.

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I'm 36 and hoping to start an RN program early 2018. However, My goal is to become a NP and after gaining experience open my own clinic to help my community ...any advice on how to prepare for this end goal.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

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Why would the letter-writer be ashamed of LTAC experience as a first job? LTAC nursing offers amazing experience. The exalted CVICU, ER, OR, and L&D units/floors are not as wonderful as everyone portrays them to be.

beekee

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You should not be ashamed of your position at a LTAC. Heck, if you can survive there, you can survive anywhere! I graduated nursing school in my mid-40's. I lucked out (big time) and happened to be looking for a job when my hospital was opening a new unit and hired 30 some nurses in a month. I have been happy to put in a good word/be a reference for some of my classmates. Do not be afraid to ask them!