how do I get into acute care?


I graduate in June with an ADN. There are 9 nursing schools in my county. Getting a residency is next to impossible. I will still apply to every hospital RN job under the sun, but being realistic, I likely will not get an acute care position. That being said, If I ultimately want to be at the bedside, where can I start outside of a hospital? Is it possible to transition from long term care to acute care? or dialysis nursing to acute care? or out pt nursing to acute care? where would you suggest a new grad with eyes on med/surg start if they cannot get into a hospital?

Thank you!

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

Check with the hiring policies of those hospitals. They may only be hiring BSNs now. This is happening in many areas of the country as a result of research-based recommendations on acute care staffing as well as the Magnet initiative.

If this is not the case, I would suggest that you take a look at LTACs. These provide some very high acuity care but the patients have a longer length of stay.