Associate Degree jobs in New Jersey, are there any?

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    I'm currently in an associates program and am wondering if anyone who has earned their RN from one recently has gotten a job and if so in what time frame? I plan to continue on for my BSN, but want to work as an RN as I'm earning my BSN...but I'm scared I won't find a job. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you.
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    I've heard of a few people getting hired if they are alreay enrolled in BSN programs. But here in North Jersey, the reat majority of places require BSNs. And there are plenty of BSNs and very few openings. :-(
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    I have an associates and was able to get a job as a new grad. But that was only because I already work as a tech in the hospital. It really is hard. I have other classmates who were able to get jobs only because they were like me...already worked in the hospital or they know someone.
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    can i ask you which hospitals you guys applied to?
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    I have applied everywhere in southern Jersey and Philadelphia! If anyone has any suggestions I'm open. I've also applied to nursing homes and prisons. Right now I am in homecare but that's not what I really want..
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    Try Capital Health. They are opening a new hospital in Hopewell, NJ.
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    I'm sorry I didn't respond to my own post! I'm buried with school work...I'm sure you can all relate to that! But I apologize all the same. I won't graduate until May 2013, hoping by then things change at least a little. I do intend on immediately enrolling in the RN-BSN program so I'm also hoping that helps too. I will start looking for a position in a hospital as a tech of some kind when I get closer to graduation if that will help...would hate to have my RN and no job in which to use it as I know many people have found themselves recently. Thanks for answering me everyone and again, sorry I haven't checked in more recently.
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    i wanna say thanks to all the leads too. no luck for me but im still hopefully.
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    Quote from KGMM
    I'm sorry I didn't respond to my own post! I'm buried with school work...I'm sure you can all relate to that! But I apologize all the same. I won't graduate until May 2013, hoping by then things change at least a little. I do intend on immediately enrolling in the RN-BSN program so I'm also hoping that helps too. I will start looking for a position in a hospital as a tech of some kind when I get closer to graduation if that will help...would hate to have my RN and no job in which to use it as I know many people have found themselves recently. Thanks for answering me everyone and again, sorry I haven't checked in more recently.
    Yea, good idea to apply as a tech while in school. That's what I did 2 months before I started nursing school. Since you'll be around nurses you get a feel of what their work consists of. Plus working as a tech made clinical less traumatic for me haha But remember, once you pass your NCLEX & get your actual RN license or number (which ever comes first) you can't work as a tech anymore!
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    Quote from aikz
    Yea, good idea to apply as a tech while in school. That's what I did 2 months before I started nursing school. Since you'll be around nurses you get a feel of what their work consists of. Plus working as a tech made clinical less traumatic for me haha But remember, once you pass your NCLEX & get your actual RN license or number (which ever comes first) you can't work as a tech anymore!
    Not entirely true. Some places will allow you to stay; the NJ BON allows it. I'm still working as a nursing assistant with my RN license, but I am extremely cautious. If you're a CNA with an RN license, you'll be treated as an RN.


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