Quote from neonursetx
gotta watch out with not working, even if you don't need the money. i took a break after nursing school and when i went job hunting, the big question on employers' minds was...why haven't you worked until now?
true, this is because employers want to hire people they feel will want to remain and have a good work ethic. if someone does not need
to work and chooses not too or has a problem that prevents him/her from working, then those are red flags realted to one's work ethic and/or abilities/skill set to perform well.
op: btw, working your "butt off" in school is not the same as working your butt off in the real world. school and the workforce are apples and oranges. my suggestion is similar to the others, do not to wait for a job. the people who interviewed you in six months will not recall the event. in six months or so when another opening occurs, outstanding new grads will be applying for the same position with you, a person who has not worked by choice.
speaking of which, i know of a new grad that waited for a position she wanted in my hospital to open up on the specialty floor of her choice. rather then work inside of the hospital after graduating on a different floor and be "stuck" (as she put it), she choose to remain at her current job outside of the hospital and take her chances of applying for an opening with the may grads. well guess what? when a position in the department she wanted opened up, she applied but she was not hired. instead new grads graduating in may who worked as techs and nurse externs were offered the positions and so was one who graduated with her in december. the one who had graduated with her in december initially took a job with the hospital on another floor in the hopes of transferring after some acute care experience. her peer worked hard, trained hard, and developed a reputation quickly. thus, when an opportunity opened up for her peer to transfer into the highly desired department after six months, she was hired as a transfer.
note that i do not advocate that you knowingly work in a bad environment. however, i do not think sitting around waiting for an opportunity to happen to you is the right move. find a job on a floor that is supportive of new grads and shine! when the opportunity for you to land your dream floor/department/specialty opens up, you will be ready to accept the position.
-new grad rn, transferring into her dream position soon