How in the world does a new grad RN get nursing experience when all of the job postings state a minimum amount of experience required and/or "new grads not eligible to apply for this position"? I graduated nursing school in June, passed my nclex and have been applying like crazy for 4 months with not even 1 call for an interview! If the system will let me I apply even for jobs that state minimum 1yr of experience required, but I have never seen any jobs for new grads. I don't see a nursing shortage at all, except for experienced nurses, and how in the world do the administrators expect to hire experienced nurses when they don't offer or hire new grads to get experience!!
I see only 5 student nurse jobs available at the local hospital each year for student nurses to get experience, but that is hardly enough positions for the hundreds of students that graduate each year in nursing. So how does a graduate who was not lucky enough to get a student nurse position get that experience??
Does anyone have any ideas?