I’ve been an RN for “a long time” 🙂 , worked in Geriatrics, Telemetry, ED……but took a 10 year break to raise my children. For the last 5 years I’m working as a school nurse. Love the job, not the pay. The kids are bigger now, and I would love to get my foot back into the hospital door. I’ve applied for numerous job openings at our local hospitals, had 1 interview (ED), but in the end didn’t get the job. I’ve applied for temp jobs with an agency, but they told me that since I don’t have “hospital experience” in the last 2 years, they wouldn’t take me.
Any advice, tips, hints????? Thanks 🙂
Sign up and take ACLS, TNCC, PALS, etc to get those required and preferred certificates in your resume. Economy is bad right now, so hang in there and keep putting your name in. Take any hospital job you can get, even if it isn’t the department you want, just to get your foot in the door, and have access to free certificate classes. Take additional continuing education classes and mention those on your letter of interest. Good luck.
Claudia..I am feeling the same pain at present..I have only been out for a little over two years at this point..due to my husbands relocation…I can’t get back into the hospital for trying..Ive been on a couple of interviews and nothing so far. I did get my Acls and Pals renewed..and just renewed my licence..I feel like Im paying to stay home…good luck..I have had positive feedback as for them looking for experience over new grads…have you tried pediatric floors..falling back on the school nursing might help.
Go to local library and hospital library ,check for continuing education quizzes and tests you can do by making copies and sending them in…keep you test scores …use that as a positive in your resume and when having your interviews….it should help…sell yourself on what your abilities are and what you have to offer .You may even suggest that if the employer is hesitant to hire you due to time away from nursing ask them if they might hire you as a provisional employee ..
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