How long were you at your first RN job?

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    I am curious:

    a) what was your first job and how long after graduating did you land it?

    b) how long did you stay at the first job?

    c) why did you leave and what did you do before going to the next?
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    1. Staff nurse (RN); 3 months
    2. 2 years
    3. Relocated to a new state; unpacked
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    Answer "A" is probably hard to believe but it's the truth!

    a) OB postpartum.....DAY shift. Got the job within weeks of graduation (Dec 1983).
    b) I worked at that hospital for almost 3 years, but did an in-house transfer (to NICU, night shift) after 1 1/2 years
    c) relocated to a new state, continued to work NICU nights at the new job
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    1) pacu, interview and job offer three months before graduation
    2) one year, until husband's job made us move to another state
    3) went directly to next job in icu, stayed 5 yrs until husband job transfer again
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    1.) Floor Nurse - Ortho/Neuro Specialty. Hired before graduating nursing school.
    2.) 10 months
    3.) The job was hell under fluorescent lighting.
    Isitpossible, tokidoki7, KelRN215, and 1 other like this.
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    1/ Renal nurse on a renal floor, working with acute and chronic renal patients. No jobs so took 3 months to find one
    2/ and 3/1 year moved with hubby who was in military
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    a) SNF RN- Day after passing NCLEX

    b) 2 Months

    c) Unsafe,diverting workmates, no room for growth. Went directly to New Job in Hospital.
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    i am curious:

    a) what was your first job and how long after graduating did you land it?

    working in labor and delivery. got the job during my last semester of nursing school; before graduation

    b) how long did you stay at the first job?

    five months

    c) why did you leave and what did you do before going to the next?

    a consulting company came in and told them they were over staffed. i was the last to be hired; my orientation was not quite over, i was laid off. i cried for a month before getting my current job that i have been at for two years; also labor and delivery. the place i am at now was my first choice to work at when i was in school...when one door closes, another one opens...
    tokidoki7 and GrnTea like this.
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    1) Surgical ICU, was offered before I graduated
    2) two years
    3) I was assaulted by a patient and had to leave per the conditions of my settlement. Ironically, I was planning to leave and was actively searching right before I got injured. I'm so thankful for the experience I got that made it easy to get a job afterwards, but man am I glad to be gone.

    I didn't have any warning, either about the whole resignation thing so I acted quickly and applied up a storm and made lots of phone calls.
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    I think you should add year of graduation in there too somewhere.
    It is interesting to see the trends in the employment of new grads. From lush to arid and all the inbetweens.


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