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New grad BSN--no night shifts?

As a new grad BSN, will it be possible to work rotating days/evenings? These would obviously be 10- or 8-hour shifts and not 12. If so, where should I look?

Kitiger, RN

Has 40 years experience. Specializes in Private Duty Pediatrics.

As I'm sure you know, the more flexible you can be, the more likely it is that you will be hired.

roser13, ASN, RN

Has 17 years experience. Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC.

None of us can answer that broad question. It is totally dependent upon the facility and its current staffing needs. Someone *might* luck out and score a position like that, while the next 100 can't.

BTW, having a BSN has nothing to do with anything. If a facility employs ASN's & BSN's, BSN's are not given preferential treatment in scheduling.

TiffyRN, ADN, BSN, PhD

Has 27 years experience. Specializes in NICU.

It would be possible. Here locally the children's hospital only hires new grads into rotating shifts. The big problem is, it's a newish policy and no one has been told how one would ever get off of rotating shifts. Previously, it was approximately a 1-2 year wait on nights to go to days.

RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience.

I think a lot of long-term care facilities staff 8 hour shifts. When I worked 8hr shifts, evenings were in big demand.

TiffyRN, ADN, BSN, PhD

Has 27 years experience. Specializes in NICU.

Somehow I missed the 8-10 hour shift thing. Sorry, I haven't heard of 8 hour shifts in acute care in a decade or so. Except maybe California.

Here.I.Stand, BSN, RN

Has 16 years experience. Specializes in SICU, trauma, neuro.

I work 8 hr shifts in my ICU.

We have 8 and 10 hours shifts available in the OR. Check there.

Yea, that's what I was going to say. We do 8 and 10 shifts in our OR, PACU and same day here.

BuckyBadgerRN, ASN, RN

Has 4 years experience. Specializes in HH, Peds, Rehab, Clinical.

What does the BSN have to do with the equation?

As a new grad BSN, will it be possible to work rotating days/evenings? These would obviously be 10- or 8-hour shifts and not 12. If so, where should I look?

For the two individuals who asked, I included my education because I know that at some hospitals a BSN is preferred and such is stated on the job posting itself.

Being unable to work night shifts is a huge dagger into your application. Why would I hire you when there are plenty of new BSN graduates who are willing to work nights?

Chances are you will spend a lot more time looking for a job in comparison to your graduating class.

BuckyBadgerRN, ASN, RN

Has 4 years experience. Specializes in HH, Peds, Rehab, Clinical.

Yet you asked where to look for employment. You didn't say you'd only work in a HOSPITAL

For the two individuals who asked, I included my education because I know that at some hospitals a BSN is preferred and such is stated on the job posting itself.

Yet you asked where to look for employment. You didn't say you'd only work in a HOSPITAL

Ah yes, well, that's because some public health facilities, clinics, schools, etc. state similar preferences.

Here.I.Stand, BSN, RN

Has 16 years experience. Specializes in SICU, trauma, neuro.

For the two individuals who asked, I included my education because I know that at some hospitals a BSN is preferred and such is stated on the job posting itself.

True, some do. But as the others stated, if the hospital (or SNF) is willing to hire either, the BSN won'the give you an edge on day/pm shifts. If the hospital only hires BSNs/MSNs, you will stilllikely have to take the shifts available.

Most places I've seen have given shift priority to their own senior staff. Most people don't prefer nights, so guess who gets off them before a new hire?

I was once hired for 7-3 at a SNF, and once for 7a-7p per diem in an LTACH (think Select or Kindred hospital, if you don'the know what LTACHs are). The latter, I wouldn't recommend for a new grad at all -- those patients were more acute than typical step-down patients, and only oriented for 5 shifts.

But yeah, several SNFs in my area often have postings for day shifts. Public health might be a possibility too, if they are willing to take a new grad.

Edited by Here.I.Stand
Added thought

I am a recent graduate from a BScN program in Canada (I finished in December 2015) and I got a permanent full time days/ evenings posting in long term care. I was a good candidate because I am interested in working in LTC long term, which seems difficult to find in RNs in my area. In my resume I was also able to show a history of working with single organizations over long periods of time, and growing and evolving with those organizations. It's all about marketing yourself and organizing your resume specifically for each job that you apply to.

Good luck!

xokw, BSN, RN

Has 5 years experience. Specializes in Public Health.

Yet you asked where to look for employment. You didn't say you'd only work in a HOSPITAL

Why does this matter?! OP should be able to state his or her qualifications (without justification) without being questioned as to why they were included. I actually had to go back and re-read the OP's post to see if it said "I'm a BSN grad and therefore am way better than the rest of you so I shouldn't have to work night shift".... And I don't see that anywhere at all? If you met someone and she introduced herself as a "recent BA grad" or a "recent BBA grad", would you jump down her throat? Don't think so. I've work hard for my BScN, literally blood, sweat, and tears have been poured into that degree, and those letters are quite seriously a part of who I am as an individual. Just like every single person, LPN/RPN, ADN, BScN...

We all worked hard to get to where we are, and if you aren't happy with your own qualifications then do something about it, but don't take it out on others :) and if you are happy, then good, you should be. Regardless of your level of education, we all have a ginormous role within the health care system and no one person is better than another because of a few letters...

Although, I really didn't see anyone in this thread indicating that they were better than anyone else, anyways.

Edited by xokw

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