I had a burning question that my peers can't answer so I'm bringing it here.
So what if...
I didn't apply to a New Grad Nurse Residency or Internship, but to a position that was open to new nurses.
Will I regret it?
Is there a big difference?
I'm asking because my school has a job database where new grad jobs are posted; New Residency opportunities and just RN positions.
We've been told to, or conditioned to apply for the residencies and internships, but those regular RN jobs are still there in the database.
So I'm wondering would I be crazy for applying for those as well.
Popular residency programs put more money and effort to train new employees and to slowly transition you into the nursing role while just an RN position would probably throw you on the floor with less training. It's completely up to you imo... If you think you're competent enough and can learn quickly, I don't see any problem in applying for a regular RN position. I've heard stories of new grads being put on the floor with full workload and expectations just after 2 weeks of training and they turned out very stressed but strong RNs. Likewise, I hear new grads in residency programs with 6 months-1 year training that turn out to be very well knowledgeable and good nurses as well. Why not just apply to both and see where it takes you?
Thanks for the advice! =)
In my hospital, it is much harder to get a regular posting as a new grad, particularly if it is a coveted specialty like NICU. Most regular postings on most floors require two years experience in that specialty. New grad positions are a foot in the door to the specialty of your choice. Of course, it never hurts to apply so you have more chances!
I was hired to a unit but all new grads had a separate new grad training period for 3 months where we spent time in different hospital departments & lunch meetings with nurse educators.
Next place I worked, the new grads had a floor job but spent a full year going to residency education programs & even doing papers for it!
Current place I work the new grads worked x number of weeks in different units and then applied at the end of that "residency". Different places do things differently.
I'd suggest applying for a residency as you may get a better transition from student to nurse & more education as to how things actually happen. But is it the be-all/ end-all if you DON'T? I'd say no, not if they are fully aware and agreeable to taking on and training a new grad.
But my full advice isbto apply for everything & see what comes up.
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