One year of experience required....???

  1. 0
    I was wondering how in the world you get hired as a new graduate when all the jobs I've been seeing in the papers and stuff require at least one year of med-surg experience...do you have to have experience to be a med-surg nurse? lol

    Just wondering!

    Get the hottest topics every week!

    Subscribe to our free Nursing Insights newsletter.

  2. 11 Comments...

  3. 0
    Quote from EarthChild1130
    I was wondering how in the world you get hired as a new graduate when all the jobs I've been seeing in the papers and stuff require at least one year of med-surg experience...do you have to have experience to be a med-surg nurse? lol

    Just wondering!
    This is very disturbing to me as well, and I have noticed the same thing here in Tx........ yet I have heard it isn't usually a problem... who knows.
  4. 0
    If you have a teaching hospital in your area, this is one of the easiest ways to get some really great experience. If not, try taking a EMT course and get your National Certification. Many institutions will look at this very favorably, and waive the 'med/surg' prerequisite. Good luck!
  5. 0
    Have seen a ton of jobs where experience isn't required.
  6. 0
    Hospitals are v. accustomed to hiring new grads who don't have experience (outside of school). However, there are a lot of places that won't hire you into the specialty areas fresh out of school -- they do want you to get some solid med-surg experience under your belt first, which isn't a bad idea.

    You certainly should not have problems getting a med-surg job when you graduate.
  7. 0
    I would imagine with the current shortage, that finding a job won't be hard... especially med-surg... even specialty areas will take new nurses. Depends on the area/hospital/degree of nurses needed. When there are no nurses, they just want a license and a pulse, bottom line.
  8. 0
    Quote from MountainMama
    ... When there are no nurses, they just want a license and a pulse, bottom line.
    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
  9. 0
    Haven't run into this problem in my area. I see lots of ads for new grads in specialty areas. I'm planning on starting off in the ICU or the ED.
  10. 0
    Just so you know, my first job (med/surg) was at a small hospital whose classified ad said,"Experienced only." I applied anyway & sold them on my dedication, skills and "unpaid" experience. Yes, I did get the job. So, I would say to apply to those anyway.Everyone is a beginner at some time. Good luck!
  11. 0
    With the huge shortage of nurses most everywhere, many places are sucking up new grads like water to a thirsty horse. If a place says it wants experience, dont' let that daunt you!!! Most of these same places say "BSN preferred" as well, but if a qualifed ADN applies and suits them, they hire that person . I am with those saying to check with the larger hospitals, if you can. Most have "residency" programs designed for new grads or people cross-training to new specialties. TAKE ADVANTAGE of these!!! They are GREAT!!! You get classroom and On- the -job training with these. THIS will definately put your foot in the door, getting that requisite experience you need to do other things.

    BEST wishes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Nursing Jobs in every specialty and state. Visit today and Create Job Alerts, Manage Your Resume, and Apply for Jobs.

A Big Thank You To Our Sponsors
Top