OK, so I am graduating in August, the unlucky limbo of nursing school graduates. Everyone tells me "Wait until you can get a job at a hospital in a residency program", but how am I supposed to do that when the next ones aren't available until the beginning of next year? I need money now. My mom has been working as a home health aide while in between jobs and she said that her agency will be hiring for new nurses soon. Is working as a home health nurse a good idea for a new grad? Also, will it mess up my chances for new grad internships?
To throw another wrench into things: When I graduate, I am going to have a balance on my account and I know for a fact that my school will not release transcripts, degree verifications, or diplomas until they are paid in full. How am I supposed to pay them if I don't have a job? In that case I can't even work as a nurse anyway because they are going to need to verify my education. I'm in a big mess.
Jun 16, '12
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
You will be required to have received your license in order to be hired in home care for RN position. My employer has stopped hiring new grads 9/10 have left home care within 3-6 months of orientation --which is already 3 months long due to unrealistic expectations. Patients homes are their castle and they call the shots ( roach infested, boarded up windows, no heat/running water etc).
If you are not working now, you are eligible to sit for Certified Nursing Assistant exam -many home health agencies will hire you for that role. This would give you income to pay off college bill and get you a foot in the door in healthcare. Agency may possibly then transition you into RN role.
Since several Philadelphia,PA area health systems has adopted BSN only hiring, it has made hiring of qualified candidates even harder.
Best wishes moving forward.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Feb 16, '13