I am desperately in need of some advice...
I have been a nurse for six years and have worked everywhere except the hospital. While in school I had an internship at a level 1 trauma center and my first job out of school was in an ER. That is where I had the most fun and satisfaction as a nurse. After trying many other things (long term care, corrections, school nursing, mental health, home health...) I keep coming back to the desire to go back to the ER. My resume however is not impressive and I can't get past the HR people who toss it aside.
Is there any hope for me? I have applied to many different hospitals for many different units thinking if I could just get my foot in the door I could work my way to the ER. But because of my unusual background no one will hire me. I have considered going back to be trained as an EMT then Paramedic... there is a program nearby for RN to EMT then RN to Paramedic. Would that help my chances at all or would that be a waste of time?
I'm still fairly young, I can't believe that my nursing career is at a dead end already. There has got to be SOMETHING I can do to get back in the ER. I would greatly appreciate any advice or ideas you may have. I am passionate about this (I have many ER nursing books) it's what I am determined to do whatever it takes!