Am I still considered a new grad? Please help.

  1. I was called a couple of days ago to interview for my dream job, which is a graduate nurse postion in the OR. I passed boards in March so I now have a license. I already accepted a job in critical care at another hospital and have only been there 1 1/2 months so, I'm still in orientation. I'm I still considered a new grad? Should I revise my resume to reflex this current postion, even though it is not my dream job? I took it because I had not recieved any interviews other than it after applying to multiple positions at multiple hospitals. The job market is really tight where I live and I'm greatful to have the job I do, but I have considered it from the start a tempory fit. My plan was to work where I'm at for a year then try to get into the OR somewhere, but this opportunity has presented itself and I don't want to be rejected because I have a job already. If any of you can help to anwser my questions, I would really appreciate it.

    Am I still a new grad????
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  3. by   sciencer
    Yes, you're still a new grad. Generally, it seems I've seen one is considered a new grad up to one year after they've graduated. Congratulations on the interview. Sounds great!
  4. by   Pooh Bear RN
    Thanks for your help. I really want this job! I was just afraid that once you accept your first job that you are no longer considered a new grad.
  5. by   SummerGarden
    Quote from pooh bear rn
    thanks for your help. i really want this job! i was just afraid that once you accept your first job that you are no longer considered a new grad.
    no. especially with only 1.5 months of work experience. in fact, i suspect that you are still on probation and in orientation in the icu. thus, you do not even have to consider this work experience down the line once you have successfully completed your probationary period in the or. give your current employer proper notice so that you do not burn any bridges. gl and congrats!!!
  6. by   netglow
    You are technically until you've worked I think I've heard for 6 consec. months as an RN. You would still be considered new and eligible for that kind of orientation. If you've worked longer than that, they figure you need to be responsible at that point for your practice. I've heard that the description is loose though as far as time out from graduating due to the whole lack of jobs situation. If you cannot find a job, you are still at the level of a new grad as well. The bigger picture in this is when you should be required to work more independently for your employer. After 6 months of working as an RN, nobody is going to put those training wheels back on your bike. So, that is even more concerning for those hundreds that are working subpar jobs with no orientation or training. It's gonna hurt should you change jobs after 6 months because you will be expected to know some stuff. Lots of people are just trying to get a job at a good LTC or hospital that provides training and preceptorship, and in some ways the crappy job they now have will prevent them from the full on residency that they need and just couldn't get. Now doesn't that suck.
  7. by   Pooh Bear RN
    Thank you mbarnbsn and onaclearday for your input too. I understand that this is just an interview at this point and not a job offer (which I hope it leads to). I also understand that I am still in the probationary stage at my current job and would most definiantly not want to burn any bridges so, if by chance the interview does turn into an offer I would give proper notice.
  8. by   marlboroking
    you are still a new grad., especially since you are in orientation. Take the job. If you don't someone else will.
  9. by   AngelicDarkness
    Quote from Pooh Bear RN
    I was called a couple of days ago to interview for my dream job, which is a graduate nurse postion in the OR. I passed boards in March so I now have a license. I already accepted a job in critical care at another hospital and have only been there 1 1/2 months so, I'm still in orientation. I'm I still considered a new grad? Should I revise my resume to reflex this current postion, even though it is not my dream job? I took it because I had not recieved any interviews other than it after applying to multiple positions at multiple hospitals. The job market is really tight where I live and I'm greatful to have the job I do, but I have considered it from the start a tempory fit. My plan was to work where I'm at for a year then try to get into the OR somewhere, but this opportunity has presented itself and I don't want to be rejected because I have a job already. If any of you can help to anwser my questions, I would really appreciate it.

    Am I still a new grad????
    March of this year? Yup you can refer to yourself for a new grad for up to a year after It isn't a bad thing
  10. by   Pooh Bear RN
    Thanks marlboroking and AngelicDarkness. I can only hope that I do well in the interview on Monday. If it is meant to be it will be. Thanks everyone for all your responses.

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