Not a New Grad anymore? - page 2
Morning everyone, I am new to the nursing field. I graduated in December, passed my NCLEX in February, and acquired a job on a Med-Surg unit in late March. I feel very overwhelmed, usually I have... Read More
Jun 29, '10Quote from gentlegiverYes. Yes. Yes.It truely takes 5 yrs to become competent in your skills. That said, your skills are always growing so the learning never ends.
Sounds like a cliche but it is true. I have almost 3 years experience now and I look back to just one year ago (when I had two years experience = technically not a new grad) and I feel like I am so much more competent right now.
That said - in this economy you pretty much have to stick it out for a year. It is not so easy to jump around. At the very least, don't quit until you have something else lined up! I managed to jump from ICU to another specialty with about 9 months experience, but that was very tough and the nursing job market was very, very different two years ago when that happened.
Personally, get f*@# out of Med-Surg nursing. It seems like nothing but sheer abuse. But make a smart move, not a hasty move.
Jun 30, '10Quick note, if you did leave your current job. You might not be able to apply for any other New Grad positions. Here in CA, if you've worked at all for any legnth of time after graduation, you are not eligible for most New Graduate Hospital Programs. And also, if a new grad has been unable to find a job, hospitals are now advertising that their new grad programs are for "recent" graduates only (within last 6 months - 1 year). So, be very careful before leaving a decent job. Yes it totally sucks and does not make sense. Because for those of us who are still new grads, but old grads, we are not eligible for new grad programs but we are also not experienced enough for a staff position! And one cannot start a master's in nursing program without 1 year of experience (which I understand). There has to be something that gives soon....
Jul 2, '10I have seen many jobs advertise that they want a year experience. Med Surg is a great background to have which will open doors to other fields such as outpatient, clinics, snf's, etc. If you are thinking of applying to a different new grad program, they usually want less than 6 months of experience. Have you considered transferring to a different unit at your facility? Do you have someone you can talk to about your situation at work, such as a mentor? I heard that if you stick it out for at least one year, you will be more competent, confident, and have more interest. After that, if you still feel the same, then I would suggest you look at other opportunities inside the facility. If that does not work out for you, find a job elsewhere. But with the job market being so bad right now, be thankful you have something to pay your bills with! Just my two cents. Good luck!