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New Grad RN - How do I obtain a non-bedside nursing job with no experience?

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Best non-clinical nursing jobs for new grads?

  1. 1. Best non-clinical nursing jobs for new grads?

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Hello friends!

I graduated nursing school in May 2013 from Loyola Chicago and obtained my RN license in February. I then found a job on the Labor and Delivery unit in a nurse residency program where I would have been on orientation for 12 weeks. I enjoyed it unfortunately had to resign due to physical limitations. I had spinal fusion surgery at the age of 12 after I was diagnosed with an 80 degree curve Scoliosis condition and I felt confident that I could successfully and safely be a L&D nurse but sadly I was coming home in pain everyday and came to the conclusion that it wasn't safe for my patients or I to be on the floor. SO here I am, back at square one with only 1 month's worth of nursing experience. I obviously had to rule out bedside nursing and am now considering other options.

I have a great love for global health and travel. I traveled to South Africa in 2011 and enjoy my time volunteering in the townships there. I have also become a member of the American Travel Health Nurses Association (ATHNA) in hopes of finding a job as a Travel Health Nurse. I had visited one before I went to Africa to receive shots and I immediately could see myself working there. However, that clinic was in Michigan and I am based here in Downtown Chicago.

I am now applying to outpatient positions and have applied to a couple travel health clinics but sadly there aren't that many opportunities out there.

Does anyone have any advice for me at this point? I am also open to working for insurance companies and other areas that are non-clinical.

I am willing to explore other options but am just not sure where to start given the fact that I have little to no experience.

Thank you so much friends!

Nastasia

BSNbeDONE, ASN, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 35 years experience.

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Unfortunately, some outpatient positions require just as much hustle as inpatient...just not as lengthy in terms of hours. Also, with NO experience, I don't think you will get very far without having any type of clinical background to add flavor to a resume'....unless you know someone in a position of 'power'. Have you tried the local health department? They do a great deal of sitting. Perhaps a sympathetic ear will allow you a chance for training in this area. Good luck to you!

I have not but that's a great suggestion, thanks!:geek:

applesxoranges, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER.

Do you know what was causing the pain? Was it from being on your feet? Was it bending over? Moving patients?

Caffeine_IV

Specializes in LTC, med/surg, hospice. Has 7 years experience.

I wouldn't give up on bedside as there can be areas with not as heavy lifting if that was the issue. OR? NICU? PEDs possibly? I know some new grads that got into GI Lab also.

You basically have to apply for jobs and hope you catch their eye unless you have a contact that would put your name out. Insurance companies prefer some clinical experience as well. Unfortunately there is a lot of competition for outpatient and other jobs outside of acute care.

Good luck!

subee, MSN, CRNA

Specializes in CRNA, Finally retired. Has 49 years experience.

I wouldn't give up on bedside as there can be areas with not as heavy lifting if that was the issue. OR? NICU? PEDs possibly? I know some new grads that got into GI Lab also.

You basically have to apply for jobs and hope you catch their eye unless you have a contact that would put your name out. Insurance companies prefer some clinical experience as well. Unfortunately there is a lot of competition for outpatient and other jobs outside of acute care.

Good luck!

Lots of lifting in OR - everybody there has a bad back after time. How do you think those 300-pounders get from the OR table back to their bed? They have to move heavy trays and get into tight spaces. No, not a place for someone with a bad back.