NEED ADVICE- soon to graduate!PLSE

  1. Hello- I will be graduating with my ADN in March in Arizona. I will be moving back to San Diego upon graduating and I am running into some road blocks that I was hoping some of you could respond to. I really want to work in Peds, there is one Peds hopsital that basically corners the market for all peds in SD. I have called all other hospitals and none of them have beds for peds b/c they are all sent to Children's. The problem is that Children's only has 2 start dates per year for new grads since they train them all together, I will miss the spring date by over a month and the next one isnt till fall. SD is way too expensive to sit around unemployed. Sorry to ramble. My question is that it seems wasteful to take another position in an area of the hospital that is not of interest to me and go through what could take months of a preceptorship only to quit soon after to get on with Children's and start yet another preceptorship?? The other option I thought about is maybe working in an outpatient peds facility if they even hire new grads in that capacity (?) until I can get hired on in a hospital but once again, i've always thought as a new grad, you should start in a hopsital setting to gain alot of skills early on. If I did that for a short time, would I be less likely to get hired on even 6 months down the road at a hospital since technically I'm not a new grad any more?? How do hospitals label you when you've only been out of school for 6 months but were working in another type of facility?? I really didnt think I'd have this much trouble finding a position but it's already feeling way too overwhelming. Any and all comments are greatly appreciated!!! Thank you
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  3. by   mom2michael
    My advice, contact the recruiter for the hospital you are interested in and ask these questions - they might have a solution, especially if Peds is your passion (and by your post - I can tell it is). They might be able to start you in another department that doesn't have a spring/fall orientation date but might serve your needs to be employed right away. Perhaps you could get into the system and work for a peditrican for 6-7 months....or maybe the well baby nursery....

    Good luck!!!
  4. by   CHATSDALE
    maybe it would help you to keep your skills sharp
    talk with hr in the hospital that you want to work in and apply for job with the first available orientation..
    there may be pedi ca units in some of the other hospitals, or pedi dialysis
    i know that there are military hospital in sd but i don't know if they hire new grads
  5. by   RNKay31
    Wishing you the best