Is going into a PRN position as a new grad a bad idea? I'm worried I won't find a job where I'm moving, and a lot of the hospitals where I would love to work have residencies that start at two different times of the year. A family friend suggested I not for safety reasons (I whole heartedly agree), but now I'm wondering about other people's experiences.
I would love to go into a residency, but given the time of everything (move, Kaplan, NCLEX, results, plus applying for reciprocity), the residency positions were out of the question. I really want a full-time position, but a paycheck is better than no paycheck. I can wait for my dream job, but I want to be safe while I'm waiting. My GPA isn't too bad (went up after my last semester of nursing school
), did decently on HESI, and I found out last Friday via quickresults that I passed NCLEX. Just waiting now for the state's you-can-officially-put-RN-after-your-name greenlight.
So has anyone gone into a PRN position right after nursing school? Did you like it or grin and bear it for a year? Did you feel safe with what you were doing? Or should I wait until the residency programs open again and get a non-nursing job?