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Hi Ken,

I worked on a step down unit for about 4 years. Unfortunately, I had some health complications and had to quit my job so that I could focus on my own health and getting back to 100%. I have been out of work since 11/2011.  Now my health is perfect, but I have encountered many obstacles re-entering the workforce. I have applied to many jobs in various positions, but have had no luck landing a job. I need to start working again, but I just don't seem to have any luck. I have revised my resume and got help from my college to give me suggestions. My certifications and licenses are current. Do you have any suggestions on what I can do to start working again? Would it be better for me to look cross country since I am apart of the compact states? Any feedback would be appreciated! Thanks so much!

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Brianne:

Times have changed for nurses. There is no shortage in the northeast. You may have to move south or midwest to find work. Especially, if you dont have a BSN. Hospitals are forcing  the entry level nursing to a BSN by not hiring Associates nursing like they used too. I would try an agency to see if u can get placed. Worst case try to get back some experience by taking a nursing home position. I wish i had better news, but the longer you are out of nursing, the tougher it will be to get back. I would also start in Med Surg to get your foot back in. Once your hired, you can move into other positions. The recession has impacted nursing in away that has not been seen before. Unfortunately, i know many unemployed nurses here in the Northeast US.

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I can answer questions regarding all aspects of Nursing as a career in general. If you need help deciding if nursing is a career for you, then let me help you with your decision. As an added bonus, I can answer your questions from the perspective of being a man in nursing who has a wife that is also a nurse. Men is nursing is more accepted today than it was when I began in 1993. Regardless of your gender, Nursing has so much to offer and is among the most respected professions of our time. I have been a registered nurse since 1993 and have been certified in Critical Care nursing since 1996. I am currently a full-time Critical Care Ground Transport Nurse/Mobile Intensive Care Nurse(MICN). I am working per diem as a night Shift Administrator/Nursing Supervisor.

Experience

My experience over the years since 1993 have been spent between the Emergency Room and the Critical Care Units. More recently since 2007 I have been working in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as a Critical Care Transport Nurse/Mobile Intensive Care Nurse(MICN)/Emergency Medical Technician(EMT). This unit is known as the Specialty Care Transport Unit(SCTU). I transport all age populations with critical medical problems from Hospital A to Hospital B in the back of an ambulance. My job is to make sure this patient remains in the same or better condition and to handle any emergency that may arise during the over the road transport. BLS/ACLS/PALS/NRP/ITLS Certified Provider.

Organizations
American Association of Critical Care Nurses Honor Society of Nursing, Upsilon Rho Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International

Education/Credentials
BSN,Nursing/Pursuing MSN in Nursing Administration Critical Care Registered Nurse(CCRN)/ Mobile Intensive Care Nurse (MICN)/ Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)/ AAS Business Management

Awards and Honors
American Ambulance Association-2009 Star of Life Recipient

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