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How early should I apply for jobs after graduation?

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Hi everyone. I am new to the Allnurse community. :balloons: I was hoping someone could give me some pointers in: When should I begin to apply for jobs? The reason I ask is because I'm actually on the East coast right now for nursing school but I will be moving to S. Cali (San Bernardino area) as soon as I graduate in May. Should I call around now to ask about job availabily or focus on moving & passing boards and THEN apply jobs? I'm not sure how the job market is out there. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR ANY ADVICE!

P.S. Do hospitals offer positions before you graduate?

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I can tell you what I'm doing. I graduate in December and have started looking now. Two of the hospitals I have contacted say it is not too early. I am also interested in a fellowship/internship and want to make sure I get the one of my choice; that's why I'm starting now.

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thank you for ur reply. I'm glad to hear that the hospitals said it's not too early. I didn't wanan get laughed in the face when I call almost year ahead to get a job. Thanx again. R u working in the s. cali area?

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Havin' A Party! has 10 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in ICU, CM, Geriatrics, Management.

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Start this process NOW.

Good luck!

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thank you for ur reply. I'm glad to hear that the hospitals said it's not too early. I didn't wanan get laughed in the face when I call almost year ahead to get a job. Thanx again. R u working in the s. cali area?

No, I'm in the Midwest. Good luck with everything; keep us posted.

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Start this process NOW.

Good luck!

oh my godness. i had a heart attack when i ready ur reply. Now I feel like I'm behind already. I thought a year was wy too early. I am calling Kaiser Permanente today to find out about jobs. Thank you for ur advice!

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hospicemom has 8 years experience and specializes in hospice.

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I was applying b4 graduation...although some think it is a bad omen to do so.......if you are not comfortable with that I would start as soon as you graduate............there is PLENTY of work out there....good luck on your job hunt.

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Havin' A Party! has 10 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in ICU, CM, Geriatrics, Management.

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... thought a year was wy too early...

Learned earlier this week that a co-worker (nurse tech), who recently completed the first year of her ADN, was just offered a position in her preferred unit, starting next June.

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Well, I know at our hospital in California they employ student nurses and actually make the transition for us easy. Most of the nurses know the Directors and know where they will be placed before graduation ever approaches. I would get in with a hospital when you can. It is never too early to market.

Vick

Hi everyone. I am new to the Allnurse community. :balloons: I was hoping someone could give me some pointers in: When should I begin to apply for jobs? The reason I ask is because I'm actually on the East coast right now for nursing school but I will be moving to S. Cali (San Bernardino area) as soon as I graduate in May. Should I call around now to ask about job availabily or focus on moving & passing boards and THEN apply jobs? I'm not sure how the job market is out there. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR ANY ADVICE!

P.S. Do hospitals offer positions before you graduate?

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I started working as a nurse's aide (no license, but they let you do that if you have 1 semester of nursing school) at the hospital I wanted to end up at.

I graduate in December and I was advised to start the application for their new grad program this August.

good luck!

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