Getting a Nursing Job in NYC [As a new BSN Grad]

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    I'm a rising junior BSN Nursing student at University of South Carolina. I'm from Long Island, New York, so I will be home during the summers and plan on working as an RN somewhere in NY or NJ once I graduate. I am going to try to land a summer internship next summer to get my foot in the door at some hospitals in NYC. I was wondering how hard it is to get these? I researched a bunch, but it did not go into specifics about how many students are offered the position. I would say I have a competitive GPA (3.6) if that is a factor, as most of the requirements say above a 3.0.

    Also, I'm worried it will be difficult to get a job once I graduate. I know that is somewhat far away, but since it is summer and I have nothing better to do, I have been researching. It seems as most hospitals only hire experienced RNs. Do you guys think I will have to work on Long Island first before getting a job in the city? How hard is it truly to get a job as an RN? One of the reasons I went towards this career path was because I thought I'd be guaranteed a job after college! I really appreciate you guys reading this and getting back to me!!

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    I live in nyc & i graduated almost 7mos ago and i literally applied to over 50 jobs and only one contacted me but i really couldnt accept because it was so far out in connecticut. Its so depressing. Everyone wants experience which doesnt make sense. How are we going to get experience if they dont give us any? Ive considered doing externships in nj and de but really de since that is a less popular state but i heard even de hospitals are competitive to get in! Smh
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    Quote from jlc128
    I'm a rising junior BSN Nursing student at University of South Carolina. I'm from Long Island, New York, so I will be home during the summers and plan on working as an RN somewhere in NY or NJ once I graduate. I am going to try to land a summer internship next summer to get my foot in the door at some hospitals in NYC. I was wondering how hard it is to get these? I researched a bunch, but it did not go into specifics about how many students are offered the position. I would say I have a competitive GPA (3.6) if that is a factor, as most of the requirements say above a 3.0.

    Also, I'm worried it will be difficult to get a job once I graduate. I know that is somewhat far away, but since it is summer and I have nothing better to do, I have been researching. It seems as most hospitals only hire experienced RNs. Do you guys think I will have to work on Long Island first before getting a job in the city? How hard is it truly to get a job as an RN? One of the reasons I went towards this career path was because I thought I'd be guaranteed a job after college! I really appreciate you guys reading this and getting back to me!!
    Get with an agency when you come home don't listen to others you can land something.
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    Quote from jlc128
    I'm a rising junior BSN Nursing student at University of South Carolina. I'm from Long Island, New York, so I will be home during the summers and plan on working as an RN somewhere in NY or NJ once I graduate. I am going to try to land a summer internship next summer to get my foot in the door at some hospitals in NYC. I was wondering how hard it is to get these? I researched a bunch, but it did not go into specifics about how many students are offered the position. I would say I have a competitive GPA (3.6) if that is a factor, as most of the requirements say above a 3.0.

    Also, I'm worried it will be difficult to get a job once I graduate. I know that is somewhat far away, but since it is summer and I have nothing better to do, I have been researching. It seems as most hospitals only hire experienced RNs. Do you guys think I will have to work on Long Island first before getting a job in the city? How hard is it truly to get a job as an RN? One of the reasons I went towards this career path was because I thought I'd be guaranteed a job after college! I really appreciate you guys reading this and getting back to me!!
    With over a year until you graduate and hopefully pass the boards I'd concentrate on lighting that firecracker first. The employment market for nurses is changing every month is seems in NYC area so it is hard to predict what things will be like in 2014 or 2015.

    Will also agree with the other poster in that these days everyone's job search is a unique experience. Some new grads have been looking for months or longer for a hospital job without a nibble, others had little to no problems. There are so many factors going into hiring decisions these days coming from often several persons it is really hard to pin down who will or won't get a job.

    Agree also with the previous poster that if/when you get here you may have to hustle and even consider agency work, but never loose sight of the higher goal and you'll get there by and by.
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    I went to SC and I moved afterwards and it was so hard to get a job. I moved to another state then back to NY and it was still hard to get a job. If possible you might as well work in one of the hospitals like Richland or Baptist, get some experience then think about moving back to NY. Or wherever you do your preceptorship experience because you would have a better chance of getting a chance there. But it is tough up here and I had 8 months of experience and it wasn't enough to get a job.
    But look into agencies if you can't stay in SC, I can give you a name of one when that time comes if you want. That agency found me a job with 8 months of experience.
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    I really appreciate it. When did you graduate USC? I don't think staying in South Carolina is an option, I will certainly move back to NY. All I heard about before attending the school is how highly ranked of a program it was and how people from all over come and wind up getting jobs elsewhere with no problems. I guess we will just have to wait and see.
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    I didn't grad from USC, it was SU-South University. Yeah it is a well known school and that may be true but it really depends on the city you are moving to and NY is so saturated as it is. But if you know someone that can get you in that would be great too. Good luck with everything.
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    Definitely take a summer externship if you can. Not doing one was my biggest regret in nursing school.
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    Yes, I am going to try my hardest to get one this summer. I've been looking into it, but there are not too many spots, I am going to start looking in other areas besides Long Island and NYC, it will be worth it in the long run.


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