No luck with a new grad job- should I go back to school? Any nurse managers around?

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    I'm wondering if I go back for either an RN-MSN program or a RN-BSN program, will I still find myself just as unemployable?

    I gradated in Dec 2011 with an RN diploma degree. Right after graduation, I moved out of the country for 6 months due to my husband's work. While away, I got pregnant. Between not having a bachelor's degree in nursing (I have a BA), moving right after graduation, then being pregnant I have had zero luck getting a job and I'm going NUTS! I've applied for over 100 jobs, gotten resume critiques from my nusing school instructors and I've applied to every type of job that I can think of where an RN can work-- and I've gotten 1 interview with a nurse manager at a clinic but not at any hospitals.

    I'm due to have my little girl in Dec and have pretty much given up hope that I'll get anything before I'm settled with her. That will put me at over 1 year since graduation with no experience!! EGAD!

    Moving is not an option as my husband has a career in our town in Connecticut.

    There are 2 local programs that look good for continuing education: RN-BSN and and RN-MSN program. My fear is that after graduating from either of these, I will have spent even MORE money on my education and still won't be able to find work in a hospital. As a side note, I was very good in school and clinically, I like working on the floor and I think I would honestly make an awesome nurse.

    Any thoughts? I'd really love to hear from a nurse manager if any of you have some wisdom to spare! Thanks!!
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    It depends on the need in your area. Where I am, without experience to back up the MSN, you would still likely not get a job. Notice I said likely. I can't answer for every situation.
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    I have no experience with your part of the country, but I agree with PP. In my area, hiring managers avoid MSNs with no clinical experience... they just aren't a good fit & the average hospital really has no positions that are appropriate for them. They want new grad BSNs.
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    Thanks for the responese!! Do you know, if I went back for a BSN would I be considered a new grad (and eligible for a job) even though I got my RN license after finishing my diploma program?
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    RNs who complete a RN-BSN program are not considered new grads.
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    What about RN refresher courses through a community college? That might help demonstrate that although you had a little hiatus, you are doing things to keep fresh. It's usually a class or two, and some have a mini clinical component.... Wouldn't cost as much either as pursuing the RN to BSN/MSN route....
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    Quote from BA_anthropology
    Thanks for the responese!! Do you know, if I went back for a BSN would I be considered a new grad (and eligible for a job) even though I got my RN license after finishing my diploma program?
    Graduating from a RN-BSN or RN-MSN program doesn't make you a new grad again.

    New grads are determined either by experience or length of time since they were first licensed. Generally you're a new grad until you have a year of paid experience as a RN or have been licensed for a year.

    The good news for you is that even after December passes, you may still be considered a new grad for some positions because you will have less than a year's experience. On the other hand, some new grad positions won't consider you even without the experience, since you've been out for more than a year. It's double-edged once you pass the year-without-working-at-all mark :/

    Also, consider that the new grad job market is horrible period: most new grads take 6-12 months or longer to bag that first position, and that includes a lot of the cream-of-the-nursing-school-crop. All you can do is keep applying for anything and everything.

    I realize you're going to give birth soon, but have you thought of volunteering? It can give you something to put on the resume, become a chance to network and help make your name and face known.
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    If you were planning on getting a MSN anyways, I say go for it. The time will pass anyways and you may as well use the time to acquire a degree that you intend to get anyways.
    Going back to school and looking for a job are not mutually exclusive. You can continue to look for a job while attending school (until you start preceptorships).
    Congrats on your soon to be addition to the family.
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    If they had interviewed you and seen that you were pregnant then I can see an employer being skittish to hire you-because they know you are going to go on maternity leave before being finsihed with orientation. I would at least start your bsn, take a class or two each semester-it is easily doable with an infant (I have done it). Then you can show them that you are pursuing additional schooling, keeping fresh with info. Also see what reviews are in your area-often your local AACN will have a list of upcoming courses-things like reading 12 leads, interpreting and caring for MI's, heart failure, etc. All of this would look great to them that you have been doing things.

    keep your BLS up to date, do ACLS, and/or PALS.

    hope this helps spark some ideas!
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    Get your BSN degree. That's what all of these places want now. Don't think it's a waste of time. Still apply for jobs while getting your BSN.

    I was still considered a new grad after completing the RN-BSN program. I didn't have any experience either.


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