I am currently a nursing student and will be starting clinicals in the fall. I recently search the internet to see what jobs will be available to me in Maryland once I graduate. Most of the job annoucements that I see require at least one year of experience. Although I have thought about finding a job in a hospital once I complete my first year of clinicals, I really do not what to leave the job I am currently working as a clerk/typist. My manager and supervisor are very nice and this is a sure pay check. I work part time during the school year and full time during the summer. I make my own schedule arranging and rearranging it as I see fit to accomedate my school schedule, this include taking off mutiple days to study during finals (with no questions or complaints from management). I do more that 50% of my class assignment on my job so I have alot of flexiblity. I know even if I choose to take a position at a hospital I would not leave my current employers. Although I would like to do both, I am afraid that I will not be able to fully concentrate on my classes my senoir year. If I decided not to work at a hospital how will I meet the experience requirement? I would love to get the hands on experience that working in a hospital will give me but my current employers are so encouraging and will do just about anything to ensure that I successfully graduate (my manager has told me that if I am give a summer externship that I could take a leave of absence and return when the summer is over or if I am offered and decide to continue my externship that I could keep my job as long as I came in at least one day a week!). OK all the rambling boils down to one question
, how do new grads qualify for jobs that ask for at least one year of experience (as most of them do) unless we work in a hospital or some other health facility before we graduate? Do clinicals count as experience? Thanks in advance for any responese.