I'd like to hear some feedback from nurse recruiters or anyone who has been in this situation. I've been trying to get into a New Grad RN Program for several months now and have not had any luck. I know most new grad programs consider applicants with 0-6 months, and some some less than one year, experience. My dilemma is that I just received a job offer for an RN position at a local laser clinic (non-acute settiing). If I still would like to eventually get into a New Grad program and get into an acute-care setting, should I still accept this job offer, or would this hurt my chances of getting into a New Grad program?
I heard different things from different new grads. Some say don't do it because once they see that you've used your RN license for ANY position and for ANY AMOUNT OF TIME, that they do not consider you as a new grad anymore and disregard your application. Others have told me to take the job and work there for the meanwhile to get some experience until I am accepted into a New Grad position. I've also seen some new grads take small jobs at the flu/immunization (ie. Mollen clinics), so does that hurt their chances too? To help my situation, I'm in California, so the job marker here is worse than most places. So if anyone can give me any suggestions or have been through this, please help! Many thanks