New BSN Grad- Help!

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    Ok, I'm new to this forum, so... Hello everyone! I am experiencing somewhat of a dilemma. I guess one could call it that. I'm a recent (May 2012) BSN grad, so it's been four months since graduation. I obtained my nursing license in my home state in July and got an additional license for a neighboring state in August. Technically, I've only been applying for jobs for two months since I began my search in July. So far I've had two interviews and have not been chosen for either. I have no experience as an RN, and actually no job experience at all really (I'm 22 years old). I didn't work in high school nor college, so my resume is blank. My husband and I have been together for six years, married for one. I want a baby and so does he. We could support a child with just him working, but here's my question: would it be a bad idea for my career as a registered nurse to become pregnant before I find a job? Being a new grad, I'm finding that it is more difficult to find a job than they act like it is in nursing school. Would I decrease my chances even more so by being pregnant? The answer in my mind is "yes," but I would like some other people's point of view. Here's the other side to this dilemma.. No one is calling me wanting to interview me. If I keep applying for jobs and nine months pass and employers still aren't calling me to interview, then I could have already had a child by then and this wouldn't even be an issue... Obviously I can't know what will happen. I could get a job tomorrow, and then again, it could take many, many more months before someone finally gives me a chance. Any words of wisdom? Thanks so much!
    Joe V likes this.

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    I think it would be best if you waited to have kids. You're only 22, don't use your baby maker just yet. You need a job first. The fact that you have no past experience, coupled with 9+ months off (if you get pregnant), is not going to look good to a future employer. In that time period, you won't be using any of your clinical skills. Wait until you have a solid job, become preggo, and then your employer should have some sort of time off policy/coupled with the state's disability policy, you may get a few months off. I see it all the time at my job with the young nurses.
    honeyortar likes this.
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    Thanks for your reply! My original plan was to graduate, find a job relatively quickly, work for 6 months to a year and then try to get pregnant. I had no idea it would be this hard to find a nursing job. I guess that's why I was contemplating changing my original plan. It just feels like no one is going to give me a chance.
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    IMO, I would hold off on kids if possible while you at least get your career established. It's easier to get back into nursing with at least a couple of years under your belt, than to try to break into nursing a few years after your graduated with zero experience in the meantime. At least with prior experience, it's easier for you to get part-time or per-diem work, which is what you may want to do anyway after the baby arrives.

    Best of luck whatever you decide!
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    Do y'all know the amount of time it usually takes a new grad to get hired? I know everyone and everywhere is different, but what's an estimated norm in y'all's opinion?
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    Quote from acl2006
    Do y'all know the amount of time it usually takes a new grad to get hired? I know everyone and everywhere is different, but what's an estimated norm in y'all's opinion?
    Roughly a year.
    Esme12 likes this.
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    The average appears to be 6-12 months. Yes, location makes a big difference in it: in more rural parts of the country you may be picked up right away, whereas in major metropolitan areas (which are often flooded with new grads) searching for a year or more seems to be the norm. So does where you want to work: everyone wants acute care, so competition for those jobs is much tighter than for non-acute care or community settings.
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    I live in a rural area and am applying for any and everything.
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    Honestly with the job market being the way that it is right now you should wait. Even though it is illegal your chance of not being hired would increase by your being pregnant. Anyway you're only 22... Not old enough (imo) to have kids. Live some.
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    I just graduated in May 2012 and I had started applying in March. I don't have any previous health care experience and it took until July to get a job.

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