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Most jobs say they want 1 to 2 years. How do new grads get that? Do clinicals count? Does working as a cna count?


Specializes in LTC, Med/Surg, Home Health.

Not funny but funny gohogs. That's interesting you ask, because I am going through the same thing. I was an LPN for seven years prior so I thought in the nursing world they would give you credit for that..No it has been my experience that they don't and apparently d/t the economy businesses have become very picky. They are doing more interviews and requiring you to get all this experience for jobs that they used to fill with new grads. Hang in there get certified in EKG, ACLS, anything you can do to SALE yourself!

Roy Fokker, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER/Trauma.

Most jobs say they want 1 to 2 years. How do new grads get that? Do clinicals count? Does working as a cna count?
From what I can gather - clinicals don't ever count.

It depends on the situation.

- I know a colleague who worked in the department for many years as a tech while going through nursing school. Upon graduation, said person was able to apply for an open RN position and got the job - despite zero years experience as an RN.

- My boss at one of my old jobs initially began working in the hospital as an 'orderly' and subsequently 'rose through the ranks.'

How do new grads get experience? Same way as the old grads ;)

You apply for the position - even if the listing states "1 year experience required" or "2 year experience in ICU preferred" etc.

Management is always going to advertise positions with preference for applicants with experience. But think about it - if ALL HR departments stuck to their advertised criteria, new grad nurses would NEVER get hired!

The game is as follows: Management advertises an open position and lists experience as a criteria - makes sense to management (why hire a new grad when they can hire someone with experience, right?) But Management isn't always able to find suitable candidates "with experience" - so then they paw through the other applicants and set up interviews for 'new grads'.

That's how new grads get into the profession.

And that's why EVERY unit in a decent hospital (my experience is limited to hospitals) has an "orientation program" - now why would they have those in place if they weren't hiring RNs right from boards? ;)


When I was applying for jobs, my instructors (I was still in school) told me to apply for any job I wanted, even if it listed that it required experience. Then it's up to you to wow them at your interview and convince them that you can do it.


Specializes in Med-surg, NICU.

I was just offered a job as a new grad a little over a week ago. The posting for the position asked for experience. I'm glad I applied anyway! I called an HR office at a different hospital in Chicago that I wanted to apply to to ask why they don't hire new grads (every single posting said experience required). She said "we do hire new grads," like I was stupid or something. So story in short, apply anyway, eventually you'll find something!

Jenni811, RN

Specializes in Intermediate care. Has 3 years experience.

No, clinicals do not count and either does working as a CNA. It's a good question....the answer is: You need to find an employer that will give you that experience.

Stinks don't it?? But they are out there!