Becoming a Working RN
It's been almost seven weeks since I passed the boards, and I'm still hard at work on the job trail. I've filled out quite a few applications, and have gotten a lot of rejections in response. There are a ton of jobs out there, but it seems everyone wants nurses with experience.
Still, I'm in good spirits. Keeping busy has certainly helped with that. I'm the best man in a wedding a few weeks from now, so I've been pretty occupied with bachelor party planning and speech writing. I'm currently training for the Broad Street Run, a 10-miler we do here in Philadelphia every May. And then, of course, there's my baby girl. She's already over three months old and readying to be baptized next weekend!
Besides, it hasn't been all bad news on the job front. I did get hired to do some part-time work for a home health care agency, and so far it's been a really rewarding experience. I'm functioning in a private duty role for a patient every other weekend, and even though I'm still new on the job, I've already gotten tangible experience maintaining a ventilator, a tracheostomy and a G-tube. I've even gotten an opportunity to do pulmonary vest therapy and use a manual Hoyer lift.
My home healthcare gig isn't a fulltime thing, but it is allowing me to care for a patient in need and gain real RN experience, so I am grateful for it. Taking on the second job isn't even that big of a problem for me. I attended clinical every other weekend for over two years, so this schedule just feels like getting back to the status quo.
I'm still hopeful that I'll get full-time work in a hospital setting at some point in the near future, but in the meantime, I'm glad to be practicing in the field. Getting my degree was great, and passing the boards was even better. But actually logging hours as a working RN? That's been the best feeling so far.