As my title states, I am a newly licensed RN (end of last year) but I graduated with my BSN two years ago. I acknowledge the fact that I will have an extra hard time getting hired as I am no longer considered a new grad and will not qualify for the new grad programs or residency programs. I have no experience. I had my CNA license six years ago but I never worked as one and it is now expired. I also volunteered at the local hospital for a few months, but this was before I started nursing school
What advice/suggestions do any of you have for someone in my position? I would like to start at a hospital and get some experience on a med/surg unit, but I have seen many openings require experienced RNs. Should I take classes and get certified (ACLS, PALS, etc.)? Take any job that is willing to hire me? Volunteer? What can I do to better my chances of getting hired?
Any and all help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I just feel overwhelmed and lost and I have no idea where I should begin. Thank you.
Jul 21, '13
ACLS is easy!
They teach you everything you need to know to pass the written exam and megacode practical during 2-day classes! You will be given the ACLS book and a pre-test before class so you can start reviewing necessary information. I did not review anything before class other than the book itself and some basic EKG rhythms just to pass the pre-test. (you can take pre-test online as many time you want until you pass) Once you go to the classes, you will just know what will be on the exam because those same information will be repeated so many times by the instructors. GOOD LUCK!!!
OH and I definitely recommend you to volunteer at a hospital where you want to work or anywhere!!! I did volunteer in ER during nursing school
and it DEFINITELY help me to get my dream nursing job in ER as a new grad along with having ACLS certification!!!!!! It worked! BEST WISHES TO YOU!!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!
Last edit by nurseinnyc&nj on Jul 21, '13