Thursday, July 15, 2010

decipher this!

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That's my brain on free-time. Since I've passed the NCLEX there is no longer a need to study. I feel like I should be studying though. This is the first time in 11 years that I haven't had any pending school work to do, minus some breaks here and there - but there was still a degree to be finished.

The job market for new grad/inexperienced/newly licensed RNs is still very bleak. I've applied for most jobs I've come across that say nothing more than "experience preferred" or if there hasn't been a specific type of experience or certification required. One of the local hospital's nurse recruiters has called me twice now for a position I applied to, in behavioral medicine. The first call was to inquire as to if I did really want to work in that field. It's not my #1 choice, but I'd gladly take on the challenge. The second call was to inquire about my experience. Other than a degree in psychology and having worked with special needs/emotionally disturbed adolescents (which I forgot to mention) I have none. She said they'd call back if they chose to interview me. Haven't heard from them since.

I have applied for a school nurse position that I would be extremely happy to take even if the pay is minimal. The schedule would be perfect, especially considering some of the things we've gone through this past couple of years with our youngest resident adolescent. That's my silver lining to my jobless situation. I'm home for him this summer. I'm home for all my guys.

So anyway, back to free-time and having an overactive brain. I do better when I have to plan things out and schedule around things. Right now, with no job and the boys sleeping late (I let that become a habit since it helped with my need to study for NCLEX), I have too much free-time on my hands. I got out of the practice of doing a lot of things, like cleaning, and now am having a hard time getting back into doing them. Well that, and it's been hot here. harumph.

baby steps...

Maybe I'll get certified in something...take ACLS...

6 comments:

Crazed Mom said...

Sorry. This is exactly how I felt last November-July. Now I have a job but I can't start it yet(see blog for deets) and I am bored beyond death.

Keep looking, try not to get too down, and call that recruiter back and tell her your experience!!! Oh recruiter lady, I forgot to mention.....

Christine said...

I totally recommend ACLS and PALS to add to your resume. I had heard of a few people that have even added some EKG classes and Fetal Monitoring classes just to boost the resume so that when someone does call they can have as much as possible.

Good luck on the job search!! I know you will find something. But enjoy the summer with the boys you've earned it!!

Nursapalooza said...

P.S. Loooove your new banner, very cute!

Nursapalooza said...

I know.... it is such a strange thing isn't it? Really...a whole role change. It's like we have to relearn the whole homemaker thing while we're job hunting. I hope you get something girl. Here, you can't be a school nurse without the BSN. And yeah, I'd get extra certs, it can help to pad your resume. I've got a lot of 'em!

Anonymous said...

I deciphered that perfectly. That's exactly what my brain has been doing since I took my finals in June. It's taken a month for my brain to wind down.

Looking forward to being in your shoes a year from now! Congrats on passing the NCLEX, and good luck with the job search!

KLS said...

Thanks for the congrats and compliments!

I'm going to call my local school system MOnday to see if I can hook the SN job, otherwise I'll be do some callbacks on jobs I've already applied for. I'm also gong to look into the certs as soon as I'm done here.