I will be graduating in December, and I plan on trying to find a job in the state of Georgia. My friend informed me today that in that state you are required to do nurse residency program first. I know those are competitive to get into, so is it a lost hope trying to find a job in this state? That seems odd to me, but as I do not live there now I am not sure.
Sep 6, '12
I don't think it's a state requirement. I know there are several hospitals that have residency programs, but you can find a lot of small town hospitals that will take you as a new grad without a residency contract.
Sep 7, '12
Moved to GA Nursing for more response.
Sep 7, '12
Your friend is incorrect, nurse residency programs are not a requirement for the state of Ga. However, many hospitals that hire new grads utilities this type of program. Gwinnett Medical is one of them. As far as applying/being accepted etc. Unless you already live in Ga. and are licensed in Ga. or can show you have applied for reciprocity and are in the process of being hired, I think your chances of even hearing from a potential employer would be slim to none. The job market in Ga. for nurses is tight and it takes months even for seasoned nurses to get interviews, job offers. I don't want to discourage you but I do live in Ga. (this is my second go around living here) I can honestly say nursing, like many places, has changed here & job interviewing has really changed. You can also contact the HR dept at facilities you are interested in, speak to someone there about your concerns.
Sep 16, '12
There is something in the literature about doing 300 hours before you can endorse your license to a GA license, is this what you are referring to? I think if you are a new grad they wave that.