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if you were the hiring manager...


I will be a new grad this Summer (BSN) and have been browsing jobs. Some say "acute care experience required/preferred". I'm wondering, if I do my senior practicum in acute care, would hiring managers consider that "experience" possibly? It'd only be about 6 weeks total.

NurseOnAMotorcycle, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Emergency, CEN. Has 10 years experience.

Definitely not but definitely apply anyway. The worst they can say is "no." Right?

WookieeRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in PACU. Has 3 years experience.

In short, no. The reasoning is simple: you are not gaining PAID experience as a RN in those 6 weeks.

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

PP is correct. In 'employment speak', "experience" means PAID work.

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 43 years experience.

At my hospital, we consider those senior practicums as "semi-experience." It's not the same as real experience, but we might hire such a candidate if we liked them. You would still be a new grad and require extra orientation ... but you would probably be easier to orient than other new grads.

So go ahead and apply. Nothing to lose, and if they liked you ... you might get the job.