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by NP_RN NP_RN (Member) Member

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Hello,

I recently just got my nursing license! I graduated years ago and am having trouble finding a job. The jobs available are for people with experience and new grad programs only want those who graduated less than a year ago. Can I still apply to new grad programs? What or how do I apply for jobs?

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Have you tried nursing homes? you can actually drive to a nursing home in your area and apply and get interviewed the same day.

Another option is a psychiatric hospital. In a lot of psychiatric hospitals, there is not a huge emphasis on medical procedures- it's mostly therapeutic communication and so you don't need too much experience. 

The important thing to consider is getting nursing experience and work from there.

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Nurse SMS has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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You are what is considered an "old" new grad. You generally will not be eligible for new grad residencies (as you have seen) and won't be experienced, so aren't able to be considered for acute care floor positions.

You will need to get your foot in the door somewhere and establish a solid work history. Generally that is going to be SNF, rehab or LTACH. You can also consider applying in rural areas that are not well served by an established work force, such as along the Texas/Mexico border or on Indian reservations.

Depending on how long ago you graduated, you may find even the above positions wary of hiring you. Consider looking into a refresher course if it has been more than five years. Congratulations on passing NCLEX and good luck with your Job Search.

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FWInd specializes in Recruiting/ Sourcing.

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Depends on how long it has been, if too long you may need a refresher course.

 

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