? about experience

  1. I've been reading through the jobs online for RNs and most want at least a year experience (as a requirement to get hired). This is one reason why I feel the need to drift away from counseling, slim opportunities. (really regardless of experience)

    I guess what I'm asking is, how does a new grad get a job if everyone requires experience ? My goal is to someday work with the elderly. I just don't want to start my ADN and realize upon graduation I don't qualify for any jobs.

    Any advice would be appreciated !
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   cwazycwissyRN
    Alot of jobs may prefer experienced nurses, but do hire new grads. There is a place out there for you, please do not get discouraged. If nothing else, remember there is a nursing shortage out there. You could find quite the opposite, you may be wondering which job to pick by the end of it
  4. by   SmallTexan
    Thanks so much for the encouragement. I really feel *dumb* that I've gotten this far in my MA program and will probably not even use it after graduation. I don't want to make the same mistake with nursing. I do have a heart for the elderly, always have. I'd love to work in a nursing home or even a hospice some day.

    Do you think there will still be a shortage in say 3 years ? (when I graduate)
  5. by   cwazycwissyRN
    The way things are going that is a big fat YES. Be the best you can be, and with the love for the elderly that posess will make you such a step ahead of the ones that do not particularly have their priorities straight, this will shine through for you. You sound as if you have all the qualities to be a great nurse. Best wishes to you.
  6. by   KristinWW
    Tex, you are not dumb! I did the same with both my MA and BS (literally) programs. It's discouraging to spend so much time, energy, and emotion on an effort that goes to waste. I feel horrible about using my parents' money that went nowhere, and I worked my butt off in that program.

    I had the same employment concerns after graduation and keep getting the "nursing shortage" prose. I'll be interested to read other responses, and try not to be skeptical when I read the party line once more
  7. by   sjoe
    Some institutions have "new grad" programs, designed for people just coming out of nursing school.
  8. by   SmallTexan
    Originally posted by KristinWW
    It's discouraging to spend so much time, energy, and emotion on an effort that goes to waste.
    You've got that right on ! I sit there in class and am about to spend hours upon hours doing an internship (unpaid , of course) and I just think to myself WHY ? Like I said, my heart isn't in it, yet I don't want to QUIT. when did you KNOW it wasn't for you ? Did a bulb just go off ? It did for me when I actually started practicing a bit and many people don't want to change ! :stone
  9. by   colleen10
    I'm a budding nursing student but I did want to tell you about an experience my aunt, who is a nurse, had when she first graduated.

    My aunt got lucky and found a med. surg. job in a hospital after graduating. This was back in the '80's when nursing jobs were actually scarce. Anyway, she worked in med. surg. for a few months when she was approached by another nurse to come and work with her on a new Chemo. unit the hospital was just creating. My aunt was really surprised about this and asked the other nurse if she new my aunt was a new grad. To which the nurse replied, "I know, that's why I'm choosing you, you haven't picked up any bad habits yet".

    So, I guess it depends on how you look at.
  10. by   Cheyenne RN,BSHS
    Try not to worry. Med surg floors everywhere need help and many hospitals are willing to train new graduates.
  11. by   RN auditor
    The key word is always "preferred". I wouldn't let "preferred" keep me from applying for any job.
  12. by   Karina212
    You will have absolutely no problem getting hired in med-surg as a new grad. Hospitals are dying for these nurses. Also, where I live, they will hire new grads in nursing homes, hospice, and many other areas. Don't feel dumb - that's life and you will carry with you much needed experience in counseling as that is a major part of nursing as well. Good luck!
  13. by   KristinWW
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    Originally posted by SmallTexan
    You've got that right on ! I sit there in class and am about to spend hours upon hours doing an internship (unpaid , of course) and I just think to myself WHY ? Like I said, my heart isn't in it, yet I don't want to QUIT. when did you KNOW it wasn't for you ? Did a bulb just go off ? It did for me when I actually started practicing a bit and many people don't want to change !
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    Tex,

    When did the light bulb shine oh so brightly? That's easy - 1) seeking jobs that weren't there and 2) applying for the few jobs and not getting any offers, nor calls. My second practicum was helping a PhD student with her research and dissertation in MFT. Ouch! You know how difficult it is to get into the psych doctorate programs and I figured I'd never make it.

    I began doing research and discovered the joke the psych field and legislation is compared to SW. Plus, the school I was going to was $$$ and I couldn't see pouring any more money in unless the $$$ began to flow back to me

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