Becoming Competitive for New Grad Programs

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I will be graduating in 7 months from an accelerated BSN program in Denver, Colorado. My partner is about to start an internal medicine residency in Portland, Oregon. Upon graduation, I would like to move to Portland, and take the NCLEX in Oregon. However, I have found that new grad RN programs in Portland are extremely competitive. I am interested in critical care, however, I believe in the value of working in any environment as a new graduate nurse, whether that be in the ICU, a med/surg floor, or a step down unit.

As the new grad programs are so competitive, I would like to do everything I can to make my self a competitive applicant, knowing full-well that there is a good chance I will need to expand my search to outside of the city.

Is there anything that I can do while in nursing school to make my self more competitive? I have a Phlebotomy certification, have 8 months of experience volunteering on a med/surg floor, and have shadowed an ED physician. All I can think of right now is volunteering in the ICU or ED and getting my ACLS prior to graduation.

Specializes in Pediatrics, Pediatric Float, PICU, NICU.

One suggestion that isn't included in your post is to look outside of the hospital setting, which you don't appear to be doing based on the units you mentioned.

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