Hey guys! I am currently a nursing student and can't wait to be finished. For the past several months I have been searching for jobs for financial reasons and finally got some good news after so long. I will be starting soon (after I get cleared) in an entry level type position in a hospital. I am really excited because I know how rough it can be getting any position in a hospital, especially a place in NYC. Here is my question, do internal applicants usually get preference when applying for a job with their own employer? I was going to start a phlebotomy/EKG/PCT course over the summer so I can gain that patient experience. Now that I think about it, should I just build my reputation and make connections when I start my job? I won't be done with nursing school for another 18 months and maybe even 2 years if you count till the time I take my NCLEX and pass God willingly. I was thinking once I get my license maybe I will have an easier chance getting an RN job with my hospital instead of killing myself over the summer with the PCT course which might be awhile till I get hired because everyone wants experience these days. Just looking for some guidance. Should I do the PCT course and get those certificates and have them as backup or just work? Thanks guys!