This is my first post. I've lurked here a while but finally registered. Anyway, I've been actively looking for an RN position, and found one I thought would fit me perfectly. It is an RN residency program for new nurses, with one-on-one preceptor throughout the program. It is designed to help new nurses get experience to be on their own. It is an 18mo. commitment. I had an interview today and it went great, the next step is a panel interview with higher level nursing staff. I didn't get that far...see I've been out of school too long. Almost 2 years now. The interviewer said I need to get experience to get into the program since it's been too long since I graduated, other than that I was a perfect candidate in her opinion. So I don't have enough experience to get an entry level position. I had some personal family issues that prevented me from getting a job sooner. Now I feel it's time wasted, and it just makes my potential jobs even harder to obtain. I keep hearing "start in a nursing home" which is fine...but even they want experience. Any suggestions?? I'm getting discourged.