No hospital experience

  1. Hi everyone! I am new to this site and am enjoying reading everyone's postings. I desperately need some career advice. I graduated in 98 with a BSN and since then have only worked in doctor's offices. Now I would like to get into the hospital setting and am finding it extremely difficult since I don't have the experience. Even med-surge positions require at least one year hospital experience. With the nursing shortage as it is, hospitals seem to want nurses who can hit the floor running. Can anyone give me some tips/advice as to what I can do to get a job in a hospital? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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  3. by   suzanne4
    Quote from nursebraswell
    Hi everyone! I am new to this site and am enjoying reading everyone's postings. I desperately need some career advice. I graduated in 98 with a BSN and since then have only worked in doctor's offices. Now I would like to get into the hospital setting and am finding it extremely difficult since I don't have the experience. Even med-surge positions require at least one year hospital experience. With the nursing shortage as it is, hospitals seem to want nurses who can hit the floor running. Can anyone give me some tips/advice as to what I can do to get a job in a hospital? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Just look for a new grad orientation program, that will make things the easiest for you, because you will essentially be a "new Grad" , if anyhting you will need a refresher course to get your hospital skills up to speed.

    Good luck.............
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    welcome! suzanne gave you good advice. I wish you the best.
  5. by   stidget99
    I spent the first 9 years of my nursing career working at a state institution for the DD. I left that job and moved to a new state. I applied at a small community hosp. During my interview, I explained to the nurse manager that I thought that I was "worse than a new grad" because I didn't even have the benefit of recent clinical experience. I impressed upon her that I did have the basic nursing skill but I would need extra time in orientation to "re-learn" many of the skills that I'd either lost or had become rusty on. With the nursing shortage and their dire need for more nurses, she took a chance on me. I was allowed as much orientation that I needed. And I am happy to say that I am very comfortable in the med/surg setting now. I think w/ the current nursing shortage, those of us wishing to cros over to a new field of nursing have a better chance of being able to do just that. Good luck to you!
  6. by   nursebraswell
    Thanks for the responses. Yeah, I recently moved to another state and have found myself wanting to do something different. A part of me has always wanted to work in the hospital but I think fear has always held me back. I can totally identify with feeling like "less than a new grad" because at least a new grad has recent clinical experience. I am sure some things have changed in the last six years since I graduated (especially technology!). When you started out in the hospital were you able to do some classroom training before going out on the floor? I guess one of my fears is that the seasoned nurses will look at me like, "I can't belive you don't know how to do that." I am currently brushing up on my drug calculations so that I'll have the math down.

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