How early should I apply for jobs?

  1. Hello everyone! I am going to begin applying for jobs as a new nurse soon, and I was wondering if anyone could offer insight into how early is too early to start applying? Many of my classmates have already received job offers, but this is in another state. It seems that Metro Detroit doesn't work quite the same. I'm taking the NCLEX this summer (July, probably). I know the job market stinks right now, but I'm from the Detroit area, as well as the rest of my family, so it has always been my plan to start my life there after graduating with my BSN. I have some hospital experience which should hopefully help my chances a bit. Thanks!
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  3. by   g2momma
    Some hospitals in the area require that you take and pass NCLEX with in 45-90 days after hire. I know Beaumont requires passing within 45 days, or you will be demoted to Nurse Tech. Keep that in mind when applying, too soon might not be in your best interest. But, if you can get a job as a Tech or Aide you will have an easier time getting a job as an RN. Once you are in a hospital system, you can apply for internal postings. Good Luck
  4. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    Generally, be prepared to start submitting applications at the beginning of your final semester.