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I will be graduating with a B.S.N. in December 2006. Some of my classmates are applying for jobs and having job interviews right now. I am feeling intimidated because I'm planning on applying for jobs after graduation. I don't rush into things. I didn't graduate yet!
Is this common to look for a job in your last semester of nursing school?
Depends on some things I don't know from your post. If you are in an geographic area where there are only a certain number of new grad spots and you want to WORK as a GN, then you need to apply early, obviously. If you work in an area where orientation processes are only held at certain times of the year, ditto. However, if orientations begin every month (common in my area), and if you plan to take a bit of time off to study for NCLEX, and have license in-hand when you apply later, it's a different story. Then, you aren't applying for a GN spot, but an RN one (even if there's an orientation and preceptorship involved, many times the hiring and availability of positions is different).
Many of my classmates secured positions long before graduation (Jan-April). Many waited until graduation and secured positions shortly thereafter (in May). And when I took time off for myself and my family (and studying!) and showed up at Personnel with a shiny new license, I had my choice. They even waited until I was ready to start (I wanted the REST of the summer off, see ya in September!).
You need to know what's policy for hospitals (or whatever) in your area. Talk with nurses you know (or are approachable) about staffing, hiring issues.
Good luck to you!