I graduated in May. Took the NCLEX in September and passed
. And now in the process of getting a job.
Background: In nursing school, I knew for a long time that I wanted to be an Oncology nurse. I have completed my clinicals in inpatient adult oncology (2 semesters), inpatient adolescent pediatric [which mainly had cancer patients] (1 sem.), and outpatient pediatric [heme/onc, dealing with all sorts of IV transfusions] (1 sem.). I was in an Oncology Nursing Society mentorship program (1 yr.).
In Hawaii, there is only one children's hospital (Kapiolani). Other hospitals have small pediatric units. Kapiolani will not be accepting applications for new grads until December, will be starting interviews in Jan. and won't be hiring until Feb/March.
Should I wait for the job that I really want or just settle for any job I can get?
Yes...I got the lectures from friends and family that I should just get any job so I can get "my foot in the door."
Yes...I know I can be picky. After all, I am at the bottom of the "food chain" and beggars can't be choosy.
Yes...I know that I can always gain more experience in Med/Surg and re-apply in a year a two.
[FONT=Lucida Console]In need of advice and/or if others have been in the same situation. I'm sure I'm not the only one...or am I just crazy?!