How do new grad Nurses that don't have BSN manage to survive this job market ?

  1. Most places are now requiring New grad nurses to have BSN , I am not a nurse yet nor am I finished with my prerequisites ,but it scares me; To think after I graduate from nursing school I will not be able to find a job . My questions are if you are a New grad ADN how did you manage to beat the odds to find a job and gain experience ? , also are there other fields besides the hospital that New grad ADNs can again work experience in ?; Or are ADNs doomed to be jobless after graduating .
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  2. Poll: Are New grad ADN nurses doomed to be jobless

    • New grad ADNs can still get jobs

      94.00% 47
    • No you all are doomed to be jobless after you graduate

      6.00% 3
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  4. by   bugya90
    I'm a new grad ADN. I was a LVN for 6 years prior to finishing my ADN. I have a job in a new grad residency program on a med-surg unit. My residency has about 20 people and over half have their ADN. We are all planning on getting our BSNs in the near future (our hospital does tuition reimbursement so that helps).
  5. by   sallyrnrrt
    Think rural areas, honest!
  6. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from Wannabenurseneko
    Most places are now requiring New grad nurses to have BSN , I am not a nurse yet nor am I finished with my prerequisites ,but it scares me; To think after I graduate from nursing school I will not be able to find a job . My questions are if you are a New grad ADN how did you manage to beat the odds to find a job and gain experience ? , also are there other fields besides the hospital that New grad ADNs can again work experience in ?; Or are ADNs doomed to be jobless after graduating .
    In some markets, you may have to work at a "less desirable" hospital or take a "less desirable" job. If you have a specific, competitive specialty in mind, you may even have to move to have a shot at it. ADNs are still very employable, though.
  7. by   Palliative Care, DNP
    The hospital system that I work for will hire ADNs but they stipulate a date by when that nurse must complete the BSN. Our ICU only has BSNs who are also certified in critical care.
  8. by   Archerlpvn
    Yes you can gain nursing experience elsewhere other than at the hospital. Setting such as home health, PDN, addictions/substance abuse, mental health facilities, LTC aka nursing homes, LTAC, rehabs, dialysis centers, corrections, aesthetics, family practice/doctors office. Pain management. Fertility and women's health clinics. And more
  9. by   Alex Egan
    Ha. I'm an LPN. they have been phasing us out of existence for over 60 Year's. I have never been unemployed, and don't see that changing in the next decade at least. Don't believe everything you read kiddo. What that want and what they get are two different things.
  10. by   not.done.yet
    Mostly that is seen in the big cities where there are plenty of BSNs to go around and not enough acute care jobs for everyone that would want one. You may have to move or look in a rural area close to you, but getting an acute care job as an ASN is not impossible.
  11. by   YUKONrn
    Get a part time or per diem job as a PCT while you are in school and keep it until you graduate.
  12. by   ruby_jane
    You're not doomed. Mr. Ruby Jane graduated as an ADN in 1998 and worked in ER and cardiac care and never lacked for anything until he decided to get into management, where he needed his BSN.

    Previous posted have summed it up well. You might have to leave the area you're in, or accept a non-hospital job, but you'll get there. Good luck!
  13. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from YUKONrn
    Get a part time or per diem job as a PCT while you are in school and keep it until you graduate.
    That's not a bad idea, but it's no guarantee ...especially in a tough market.
  14. by   caliotter3
    Quote from Sour Lemon
    That's not a bad idea, but it's no guarantee ...especially in a tough market.
    Sometimes a person already employed gets passed over because the employing entity has decided they do not like the person and/or their work or prefer the untried, untested applicant. So, it can go either way.
  15. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from caliotter3
    Sometimes a person already employed gets passed over because the employing entity has decided they do not like the person and/or their work or prefer the untried, untested applicant. So, it can go either way.
    I've even seen very good, very well-liked employees get passed over because there just weren't enough open spots.

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