Hi, I recently just graduated from nursing school and I am taking my NCLEX very soon. During the process of applying for jobs, I was wondering if there were any nurses out there who never even worked in the hospital or applied for a position in the hospital? I've been told by a lot of my professors that I SHOULD work in the hospital after first graduating in order to get the experience needed and that it would build a foundation for wherever I want to work in the future. They kinda put this mindset in our heads that we should start out working on a med-surg floor to develop our skills - which I understand. However, I want to know if there are nurses who has never worked in the hospital and has found a job they loved. If so, where? I just want need some input and advice on whether it is definitely necessary that I work in the hospital at least for some years before exploring other settings, or if I probably won't have a choice but to work in the hospital (since I need the experience before working elsewhere - besides LTC).
Thank you so much