Dear Wondering if I Should Work,
The answer to “Would (not working after I pass NCLEX) hinder me from getting a job?” is “ Yes, probably.” Waiting to start your career may very well hinder your successful job search
down the road. I’m not sure I would want to take that chance.
Employers look at the date you were licensed as Day One.
So if you wait to start job searching until you get your BSN, that puts you at around... Day 500 or so, right?
Employers will typically hire an inexperienced Day One nurse over an inexperienced Day 500 nurse. By waiting, you will have forfeited the golden new grad advantage. Now you are a Not a New Grad with Also No Experience.
What you would have in your favor at Day 500 is your BSN. You would have advantage over an ADN applicant if the targeted employer values BSN enough to outweigh the lengthy non-experience. You would not have advantage over another BSN applicant if that applicant was newly licensed (Day One).
Take a look at the employers in your area as you make your decision to see what they are looking for.
Marketability aside, I would not recommend working part-time as a new nurse. You need the full time immersion for at least a year while you are still a novice. Knowing this, many employers do not offer part time employment to new grads.
Working full time and earning your BSN are not mutually exclusive. Many programs are designed for the working adult, and you’ll find they are very flexible. Another option is to take a year off from school if you are lucky enough to land a job. School will always be there. Jobs not so much.
I hope this helps you evaluate your situation realistically and make the best choice for you. Keep us posted on your journey!
Also be sure and check out the career discussion forum here at http://allnurses.com/nursing-career-advice/
for more collective wisdom.
Jun 22, '15
Last edit by AJPV on Jun 22, '15
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