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Graduating from ADN program, how many residency programs to apply to/ chances?

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Hi everyone! I'm not sure if this is the right place to post so forgive me if it isn't.

I went into a diploma program after graduating high school so that I could get as much clinical experience as possible as fast as possible. I'm graduating in June as plan on enrolling into an RN-BSN right after.

My nursing GPA is not spectacular- around a 2.2. My cumulative GPA is probably around a 2.6. What I do have going for me is my work/extracurricular experience; I've worked in a peds office for 3 years, have worked as a pharmacy tech, serve on the student council, and am a member of multiple nursing associations.

I know that I should apply to typical RN positions around mid/late june or around the time I take my boards mid-July. But I also know that BSN's graduate around May and if I want a seat in a residency program, now is the time to apply.

So my question is- how many is a typical amount to apply to? As I'm making my list, I have about 15 so far that I "qualify" for as an ADN grad.

I know that an application is hitting submit on a resume, demographic info, and a cover letter, which is all do-able. But I don't want to overwhelm my clinical professors and let them know, "Hey you might get 15 emails from hospitals asking if you think I'm dandy and swell," Or have to ask them to send out 15 official letterhead recommendations.

Since my GPA isn't great, I am thinking of applying to a lot to up my chances. I am currently in NJ but plan on applying all around the country- definitely willing to relocate.

What do you all think? Any other recommendations?

Thanks!

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

Hi everyone! I'm not sure if this is the right place to post so forgive me if it isn't.

I went into a diploma program after graduating high school so that I could get as much clinical experience as possible as fast as possible. I'm graduating in June as plan on enrolling into an RN-BSN right after.

My nursing GPA is not spectacular- around a 2.2. My cumulative GPA is probably around a 2.6. What I do have going for me is my work/extracurricular experience; I've worked in a peds office for 3 years, have worked as a pharmacy tech, serve on the student council, and am a member of multiple nursing associations.

I know that I should apply to typical RN positions around mid/late june or around the time I take my boards mid-July. But I also know that BSN's graduate around May and if I want a seat in a residency program, now is the time to apply.

So my question is- how many is a typical amount to apply to? As I'm making my list, I have about 15 so far that I "qualify" for as an ADN grad.

I know that an application is hitting submit on a resume, demographic info, and a cover letter, which is all do-able. But I don't want to overwhelm my clinical professors and let them know, "Hey you might get 15 emails from hospitals asking if you think I'm dandy and swell," Or have to ask them to send out 15 official letterhead recommendations.

Since my GPA isn't great, I am thinking of applying to a lot to up my chances. I am currently in NJ but plan on applying all around the country- definitely willing to relocate.

What do you all think? Any other recommendations?

Thanks!

Could you get a general recommendation letter addressed "to whom it may concern"? I think I would apply to every program around me, but not all over the country. I'd try to be a lot more focused about that and only expand if I didn't get any offers.