How long before you're no longer considered a New Grad?


In general, how many years of experience does one need as an RN, to get out of that dreadful designation of "New Grad", and into a level of comfortably being considered a good prospect as a competitive candidate?

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Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, MSN, RN

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Specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

Most places will no longer consider you a new grad after 1 year of employment.


212 Posts

I just reached my one year anniversary at work so that is nice to know!

Specializes in FNP. Has 25 years experience.

I'd say you are a "new grad" for a year, and a novice for about five years.

texkid, RN

44 Posts

Specializes in Med-Surg.

Working almost a year now, quite frankly it doesn't bother me that most still consider me a "new grad". In a way, it works for my benefit in the sense that the seasoned nurses will say, "hey, go get him, he's gotta see this". And I will be like, "ah snap! Thanks, I learned something new!" and then we'll have coffee and reminisce of the awesomeness that is new knowledge.

But hey, acting all top gun barely a year out is cool too.