I and the nursing students in my class have been urged by our professors to start looking at jobs and applying for jobs before we graduate in spring 2013. I enjoy the academic environment and have been interested in nursing research. I feel like my dream job would be to work at the NIH Clinical Center and working alongside doctors and researchers on new interventions, clinical trials, etc. There is a posting for a clinical research nurse in the peds clinic, and I am wondering how likely is it for a new nurse to land a position at NIH hospital? The positions there seem so few; it must be competitive? Does anybody know what it's like to work there, and what is the application process is like? Does anybody have any personal experience working as a nurse at NIH? Do you like the environment there? Is it truly as exciting as it seems?