Quote from gohogs
Most jobs say they want 1 to 2 years. How do new grads get that? Do clinicals count? Does working as a cna count?
From what I can gather - clinicals don't ever count.
It depends on the situation.
- I know a colleague who worked in the department for many years as a tech while going through nursing school. Upon graduation, said person was able to apply for an open RN position and got the job - despite zero years experience as an RN.
- My boss at one of my old jobs initially began working in the hospital as an 'orderly' and subsequently 'rose through the ranks.'
How do new grads get experience? Same way as the old grads
You apply for the position - even if the listing states "1 year experience required" or "2 year experience in ICU preferred" etc.
Management is always
going to advertise positions with preference for applicants with experience. But think about it - if ALL HR departments stuck to their advertised criteria, new grad nurses would NEVER get hired!
The game is as follows: Management advertises an open position and lists experience as a criteria - makes sense to management (why hire a new grad when they can hire someone with experience, right?) But Management isn't always
able to find suitable candidates "with experience" - so then they paw through the other applicants and set up interviews for 'new grads'.
That's how new grads get into the profession.
And that's why EVERY unit in a decent hospital (my experience is limited to hospitals) has an "orientation program" - now why would they have those in place if they weren't hiring RNs right from boards?