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Any advice for a NP student trying to find a job prn as a RN? I was recently laid off from a job I enjoyed. It fit perfectly with my school and clinical hours. Now I'm on unemployment. The jobs where I get offers are for much less money. It seems I am taking 5 steps back in my nursing career. There are lots of great opportunities, but they are for full time, and the positions don't work with my school schedule.

Oh, FYI, I had a government contract position, and the whole department was let go from government cut backs.

On the bright side, I graduate in May, 2015!

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ghillbert has 20 years experience as a MSN, NP and specializes in CTICU.

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What advice are you looking for? You don't say what field or even what city or state you are located in, or what area you have experience in.

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I have lots of experience in family care clinics, triage nursing, and in Tele nursing. My background also includes being a CNS in adults/geriatrics. My PMSN will be as an AGNP in primary care, pending graduation and passing my boards in May of 2015.

My concern is the only jobs as a RN that I am finding are paying much less than what I was making (work from home) d/t being prn.

I live in eastern NC, where the jobs are scarce.

Any advice on how to make myself more marketable as a RN? I've been told my resume is impressive, but I don't get many offers. The offers I get are for a 1/3 of what I was making before. I guess I'm frustrated.

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mtsteelhorse has 16 years experience and specializes in Correctional Nursing; MSN student.

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Go for what you can and know you graduate in just a few months. Sometimes these events are a blessing in disguise. What about home care?? I hate it personally, but there are often positions in that field. How long does unemployment last? Can you make it on that?

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ghillbert has 20 years experience as a MSN, NP and specializes in CTICU.

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It's probably difficult to get hired when employers know you're about to graduate also - I wouldn't want to hire someone who is going to leave in a few months' time.

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zmansc is a ASN, RN and specializes in Emergency.

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We just hired a NP who had just graduated but not taken boards into our ER to work as a RN. That person has since passed boards, and is working while looking for a job. Although in principle I agree with you ghillbert, I guess if the facility is short staffed to the point of being desperate....

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