Hi All! I'm a new associate degree nurse grad from Sinclair Community College in Dayton Ohio. I passed NCLEX in June, about a month ago. Since then, I've applied for several positions with OSU, Mt Carmel, and Ohio Health networks. I'm moving to Columbus at the end of August, but haven't gotten any bites. A Mt Carmel HR representative did call me to tell me that they are having a hard time getting hiring managers to look at associate degree nurse applications right now and to try back after I enroll in an RN to BSN program in the fall for possibly an opportunity. I'm getting very discouraged as I have a 3.8 GPA as well as a strong work history. I applied down here in Dayton and am willing to commute if I have to, but I really don't want to. I received calls for 6 interviews within a week from Dayton area hospitals. My question is, is this typical for Columbus? Should I keep waiting or move on to Dayton opportunities? As I mentioned, I'm moving at the end of August and I would like to have steady income asap. Thank you!
Most of the larger hospitals and systems are looking for BSN prepared nurses.
Keep trying at Ohio Health. OH will hire new grad ADNs, but it's notoriously hard to get your foot in the door there. (Took me a few applications). Look on their web site for the Med/Surg Fellowship postings. They hire several fellowship classes each year. OH does have a requirement that ADNs obtain a BSN within 5 years of hire. Just keep trying.
My husband's family is down between Dayton & Cinci, when we visit they try recruiting me so we'll move closer, but since I don't hold my BSN yet I am seriously limited and would be looking at a sizable pay cut, I was told Kettering hires ADN in BSN programs, but the majority of hospitals in that area are shifting towards or have already attained magnet status. I am working on my BSN through WGU (cousin who works outside Dayton is dong the same program as it's the one recommended by her employer) I was lucky to snag the job I have now before magnet became a goal at my current employer as well, but even my area in SE MI and NW OH are hyper focused on hiring BSN over ADN regardless of experience. While you are searching look into a BSN program, WGU requires you be working for their RN-BSN (worth it to take any job you can get to finish the program and move on) but it's one of the most affordable I've found yet and holds the same accreditation as the major universities up here, including the one I work for.
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