When is a good time to start looking for a new RN job?

  1. I am still a nursing student and have about a year left of my studies to get my BSN degree. I live in Hawaii but am looking to move to California to start my career (particularly San Francisco area). I wanted to find out when would be the best time to start looking into jobs and applying for them if I were to graduate in the Winter session, take the NCLEX (and hopefully pass the first time!), and then move out. I was mostly interested in the RN new graduate programs that they have at certain hospitals there. Should I begin inquiring now?
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  3. by   Sheri257
    It probably wouldn't hurt to start inquiring now since some (although not all) hospitals only take new grads at certain times during the year ... usually in December and May/June during graduation time. And, in a lot of cases, the hiring gets done as soon as three months before graduation.

    Some hospitals like to group their new grads together so they can train them all at the same time and, if you happen to apply after that period, you may have to wait for the next round of new grad hiring if you want to work at a hospital that does this.

    But, you're also in a different situation since you're applying from out of state. I'd call a bunch of hospitals and ask the recruiters how this would work with your particular situation.

    The way it works in my area is that you have to get an interim permit from the board to work in a new grad program because, it can take several weeks to get your NCLEX results ... even if you take the test early. If you wait several weeks until after you get your results, some of the new grad programs are either already filled or they're so far along with training their other new grads that they can't take anybody else until the next round of new grad hiring.

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    Last edit by Sheri257 on Sep 24, '06
  4. by   Zelly
    Thank you so much for your help! I will look into it this week!

    Zelly

    Quote from lizz
    It probably wouldn't hurt to start inquiring now since some (although not all) hospitals only take new grads at certain times during the year ... usually in December and May/June during graduation time. And, in a lot of cases, the hiring gets done as soon as three months before graduation.

    Some hospitals like to group their new grads together so they can train them all at the same time and, if you happen to apply after that period, you may have to wait for the next round of new grad hiring if you want to work at a hospital that does this.

    But, you're also in a different situation since you're applying from out of state. I'd call a bunch of hospitals and ask the recruiters how this would work with your particular situation.

    The way it works in my area is that you have to get an interim permit from the board to work in a new grad program because, it can take several weeks to get your NCLEX results ... even if you take the test early. If you wait several weeks until after you get your results, some of the new grad programs are either already filled or they're so far along with training their other new grads that they can't take anybody else until the next round of new grad hiring.

    :typing
  5. by   luv2shopp85
    Should I call human resources of all the hospitals I want to work at? I'm going to be moving to CA from PA next year once I graduate. What do I say when I call? I'm cluelesssss

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