When to start applying.....

  1. hi everyone

    i am graduating nursing school in 13 weeks (may 18th). by the time i sit for boards and get my license it will be july most likely from what i hear. i am considering working license pending. when should i start applying?
    thanks!!!!!
    lisa
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  3. by   nurseabc123
    Quote from leesespieces
    hi everyone

    i am graduating nursing school in 13 weeks (may 18th). by the time i sit for boards and get my license it will be july most likely from what i hear. i am considering working license pending. when should i start applying?
    thanks!!!!!
    lisa
    right now, that's what everyone is my class is doing. several of us have already interviewed. many have accepted jobs. however, it's up to you - there will be always be jobs..
  4. by   RNHawaii34
    I think as soon as you get your license! Goodluck
  5. by   AdobeRN
    Start applying now - especially if you are going for some kind of internship. I started to apply for positions last month and already have 3 interviews scheduled. A Couple of my friends that graduated last May started applying in January and had job offers/contracts signed by March, and were working by June.
  6. by   ckben
    start applying now. you can inform your employers of when your preferred start date and when you actually graduate/take the licensing exam. if you wait until you're ready to start working, you may find many jobs already taken by nursing students from other schools (or from your own).

    when i was a student nurse, we graduated in august. the nurse managers who came to our class to recruit told us to wait until may to apply for jobs. when we started applying in may, guess what? they told us they'd already filled those positions, but maybe in a couple of months they'd have something open up. so, you either have to 1) wait a couple of months on the off-chance that a unit you want to work on might have a spot for you to try for, and mooching off your spouse/parents in the meantime, or 2) work somewhere you don't necessarily want to work because you absolutely have to have a job.

    trust me, there are no negatives to jumping the gun and applying early.
  7. by   SCRN1
    I applied the beginning of the Spring semester that I graduated and was offered the first job...pending passing boards.
  8. by   Julie_Bean
    Start applying NOW!!!
  9. by   leesespieces
    thank you for your responses everyone...i am going to spend my day today filling out applications and sending resumes!!!!

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