So here is my dilemma: New grad RN and looking for a job!!!!!! Sound like a broken record, I'm sure. I just received my license in the mail (woo hoo!). I live in Chicago and would like to relocate to either Memphis, Atlanta or Miami to work. I am interested in Trauma or ICU, and lately have gotten an interest in Dialysis. I took an IV Placement Certification through Nursing Spectrum (last year), and have my ACLS (received in October). I would like to say that taking my ACLS before NCLEX was TRULY helpful. Now, I do not have a BSN only ADN, and I realize my certificate is not the same as having a certification. So I guess what I am asking is, what else can I do to beef up my certs/skills as being a suitable for the acute care environment? The home health/ and nursing homes that I have applied to are looking for experience. The hospitals are on the same page as well, even those who have a residency program require BSN holders strictly. I read about new grads who pass up the flu clinics and I'm like, "well how can I get in on that." At least they're offering something. I keep coming to dead ends and I refuse to get discouraged. But I don't want it to carry on so long that it looks that I've been out of school too long without any experience. I've even applied for jobs as a Patient Care Tech or CNA/Nurse helper, ya know, just to get my foot in the door. But I get denied because I'm an RN already. What is a girl to do?