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Finding a hospital job with ADN degree

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by vcRN vcRN, LPN (New) New Nurse Student

vcRN has 3 years experience as a LPN.

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Hello! I am a current ADN RN student who is graduating in December 2020. I am planning to move to a different city in my state (Tampa, FL).  I am planning to apply for residency programs, but it seems as though some require BSN new grads. I plan to apply still, but if I do not get lucky, should I just consider a regular staff position or look into a non-hospital job to start? I think the residency would build my confidence as an RN. I have been an LPN for two years in LTC. 

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I also live in FL and I've been applying to places with my ADN. All the locations I applied to stated they "prefer BSN" but ADN nurses are certainly not out of contention. 

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Nurse SMS has 9 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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It just depends what the hiring practices are where you live and how hard COVID is still impacting things by January of 2021. Where I live, you can't get a hospital position as a new grad unless you go through a residency program. They won't hire direct to the floor. It may or may not be different where you live. Where I live, BSN has a significant advantage. May or may not be true where you live. If you find you are having difficulty getting into an acute care position, of course you should take a position as an RN elsewhere, at least if you have bills to pay. 🙂

COVID is playing havoc with new grad residencies all over the place, making them be delayed or stopped all together. Keep your eye on the market.

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