How is the market out here for ADN nurses? I can't afford to go to a 4 year college to get a BSN right off the bat, so I am hoping to get my ADN and then finish up a BSN while working as a nurse.
I am getting nervous because I've been seeing a lot of topics about RNs who can't find work for years after graduation.
Feb 10, '13
Most hospitals in NJ are looking for the BSN but that is not to say they won't hire an ADN nurse. I graduated December 2012 with my diploma. I knew I wanted to work at a specific hospital so I took a job that was kind of non nursing and did that for 6 months then found a nursing job as an internal employee. I will say I was set up to go right into my BSN (which I am going for now). Right now nursing jobs in our area are tough to find for everyone ADN diploma and for BSNs. Most hospitals are in a hiring freeze. Networking is key. Most people have to know someone to get a job. If I was you I would try to work as a CNA while you are in school. This way you learn about what goes on in a hospital plus you get to meet people that might help you after graduation.
Feb 13, '13
it took me over a year to find an RN job and i have my bachelor's. i also suggest getting a nurse aide position as it will get your foot in the door at a hospital/nursing home/HHA. don't let it discourage you at all, perserverance is key. be pushy, but not over the top. assertive is a good word