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Specializes in LPN. Has 4 years experience.

I'm graduating next month with an expected NCLEX date in December 2020. 

I'm starting to look for jobs now and some of these places that I've really dreamed of getting require 6 months/9 months/1-2 years experience. Do you think it is a waste of time on my end (and the people reviewing applications) to even fill out the application?

I've had experience as a tech for 3.5 years but no nursing experience at all. 

Jedrnurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in school nurse. Has 29 years experience.

A lot of places use computer algorithms to vet applications, so don't worry too much about wasting somebody's time. (On your part, it's good practice filling out applications.)

What have you got to lose? Maybe you'll get lucky...

mmc51264, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes. Has 9 years experience.

look for new grad residencies!  I did one when I was a new grad and it was great!


SarHat17, ADN

Specializes in CVRU, Intermediate. Has 9 years experience.

I would definitely encourage you to apply! 3.5 years experience as a tech is nothing to discount, and in fact, may make your application more desireable than another with minimal medical experience. Are any RNs working with you able to give you a letter of recommendation? That might give you a leg up also.

As PP suggested, look into New Grad Residency programs; I think a lot of health systems are offering this and it can really be beneficial!

Neo Soldier, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psychiatry. Has 6 years experience.

It may be a good idea to get nursing experience elsewhere to have the experience employers are looking for. I have a friend who wanted to work med surg in a big hospital and she was rejected the first time. Two years down with experience, she finally got in. Some places don't care where you get experience as long as you're not a new grad. Also as the others have suggested, new grad programs are great as well. Just don't wait endlessly so that you do not become an "old" new grad.