Look for job during last semester or after graduation???

  1. Hello everyone,

    I will be graduating with a B.S.N. in December 2006. Some of my classmates are applying for jobs and having job interviews right now. I am feeling intimidated because I'm planning on applying for jobs after graduation. I don't rush into things. I didn't graduate yet!

    Is this common to look for a job in your last semester of nursing school?
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  3. by   BonnieSc
    Yes! I strongly advise you to do this. I'm not graduating until May, but I've talked to several recruiters and they all say to start applying in January or February, March at the latest. They also said that I could start a couple of months after graduation if I wanted; I know that varies according to location, because some hospitals have "new grad classes" twice a year, but hospitals in my area don't do it that way. The recruiters said if I waited, the specialty spots would be filled and--not that they could promise me a job--but they couldn't promise there would be any new grad options left in June.
  4. by   locolorenzo22
    Yep, often you get hired to work in a "license pending" status, from the time you graduate until you take the NCLEX. If you fail or wait too long, you lose your status, but you can still work under supervision as long as you're waiting to take the exam....
  5. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from FutureIsBlue
    Hello everyone,

    I will be graduating with a B.S.N. in December 2006. Some of my classmates are applying for jobs and having job interviews right now. I am feeling intimidated because I'm planning on applying for jobs after graduation. I don't rush into things. I didn't graduate yet!

    Is this common to look for a job in your last semester of nursing school?
    Depends on some things I don't know from your post. If you are in an geographic area where there are only a certain number of new grad spots and you want to WORK as a GN, then you need to apply early, obviously. If you work in an area where orientation processes are only held at certain times of the year, ditto. However, if orientations begin every month (common in my area), and if you plan to take a bit of time off to study for NCLEX, and have license in-hand when you apply later, it's a different story. Then, you aren't applying for a GN spot, but an RN one (even if there's an orientation and preceptorship involved, many times the hiring and availability of positions is different).

    Many of my classmates secured positions long before graduation (Jan-April). Many waited until graduation and secured positions shortly thereafter (in May). And when I took time off for myself and my family (and studying!) and showed up at Personnel with a shiny new license, I had my choice. They even waited until I was ready to start (I wanted the REST of the summer off, see ya in September!).

    You need to know what's policy for hospitals (or whatever) in your area. Talk with nurses you know (or are approachable) about staffing, hiring issues.

    Good luck to you!

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