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by future.nurse.abby future.nurse.abby (New Member) New Member

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Hi there, 

I'm new to this page and seeking advice. I'm heading into my final year of my BSN program in August 2019. I'm set to graduate in April 2020. I know graduation and the NCLEX are still a ways away but I'm wanting to prepare ahead as much as possible! When should I begin looking at/applying to RN jobs? What about new grad residency programs? Again, I know this is still a ways away but I'm trying to stay ahead of the game. Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks! 

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My advice is apply while you are still in school! I started applying 2-3 months before my graduation date and landed a job. 

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gere7404 has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Cardiac.

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The schools in my area all graduate in June, but the largest health care system in the area opens applications for their new grad program in April. I jumped on it a sign early as possible and had a job offer for in may. 

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Silverdragon102 has 30 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

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Moved to the Nursing Career forum 

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not.done.yet has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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It depends on what the "norms" are where you live. In my area (DFW), new grad residencies hire months before graduation ever takes place for positions that don't start until after graduation has happened. Therefore if you wait until you graduate to apply you miss the boat completely. However, in other parts of the country employers don't want to hear from you until after you pass the NCLEX. It all just depends on where you live.

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Hoosier_RN has 20 years experience as a MSN and specializes in LTC, home health, hospice, ICU, ER, dialysis.

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21 hours ago, not.done.yet said:

It depends on what the "norms" are where you live. In my area (DFW), new grad residencies hire months before graduation ever takes place for positions that don't start until after graduation has happened. Therefore if you wait until you graduate to apply you miss the boat completely. However, in other parts of the country employers don't want to hear from you until after you pass the NCLEX. It all just depends on where you live.

This!  ask around to find out

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aspiringcnm3 is a RN and specializes in Labor & Delivery.

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Definitely go to any career fairs your school has. I started really diving into researching hospitals/organizations during the fall before I graduated. One new grad residency I applied to had a December deadline for those graduating in May/Spring. That was SUPER early compared to everywhere else I looked at, but I’m sure they’re not the only place in the country like that. 

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