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cvandyke cvandyke (New) New

I'm a little curious: how long did it take everyone to find a job right out of nursing school? And what was your very first job as an RN/LPN?

NICUmiiki, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU/PICU Flight Nursing. Has 6 years experience.

I was offered my job in the NICU in April. I graduated in May.

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience.

I got my first job in a nursing home as an LVN right out of nursing school after I passed my NCLEX.

Alisonisayoshi, LVN

Specializes in LTC.

I have a job offer at a SNF with a hiring bonus after I pass NCLEX-PN.

I got hired right after the preceptorship.

I put in 33 applications before I got my first job. There was 5 nursing schools all graduating in a 75 mile radius when I finished. Everyone was climbing on each other to get a job.

BecomingNursey

Specializes in Emergency Nursing.

I was hired in the ER where I worked as a tech right out of school.

missmollie, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Neuroscience. Has 4 years experience.

I was hired a month before I graduated. I started applying to jobs two months before graduation, put in over 65 applications, and I had 3 interviews at my first choice hospital. I had a 4th interview scheduled at a different hospital, but on the day the interview was supposed to take place, I received a call with a job offer for two different floors!

I work on a progressive care floor, and I love it.

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience.

For LPN: had a private duty home health job right after I passed the NCLEX, then accepted a float position at a Rehab hospital a month later and worked both positions on a flexible schedule.

For RN: it took me 3 months to get 2 interviews, then another months to accept a hospital position in Critical Care.

Wow, 65 applications! I'm glad you got an offer at your first choice. Congrats!

2 months after NCLEX, my dream job at my dream hospital in L&D after ab out 300 applications

Newbie_RN17

Specializes in Med-Surg, Emergency. Has 2 years experience.

Offered my job May 1st, graduated May 15th. Med-surg but I was also offered ortho and OR. Just happened to graduate right when the market around here opened up briefly.

Okami_CCRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 4 years experience.

I graduated in January, passed NCLEX-RN in early March and was offered a FT position in the ICU where I worked as a tech in April.

Most of my classmates also scored jobs shortly after passing NCLEX; a couple in rehab, 3-5 in telemetry, only 14 of us graduated.

twinmommy+2, ADN, BSN, MSN

Specializes in ED. Has 16 years experience.

I had a job lined up while in school for an ER in the area, but then had to move. Put out one application to a hospital in that area, which produced two interviews, and could have had either med/surg or ICU but chose med/surg. This was in 2006 though.

missmollie, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Neuroscience. Has 4 years experience.

Wow, 65 applications! I'm glad you got an offer at your first choice. Congrats!

It's not bad if you decide to do 5 applications a day. Around here, most hospitals have an online application, and it saves your resume and cover letter, and you just click, attach, and hit submit. For the jobs I really wanted, I would type up a different cover letter than the one that was saved.

It's not bad if you decide to do 5 applications a day. Around here, most hospitals have an online application, and it saves your resume and cover letter, and you just click, attach, and hit submit. For the jobs I really wanted, I would type up a different cover letter than the one that was saved.

I agree that not a lot of applications. I'm still in nursing school and I'm applying for pct /student nurse positions.I have done 80 applications this month. Some are more lengthy than others. Some wants ALL your information, and want you to consent to a credit /background check during the application.

Edited by johsonmichelle

I graduated May 2014 but didnt take the nclex-rn til January 2015 because I was afraid of failure. Took and passed nclex. Then I waited until April to apply. It took a week after applying to get an interview and I took that first job I could get. I work at a nursing home and an assisted living.