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New RN.. Where to get work with no experience

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by RNFinally12 RNFinally12 (Member)

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Does anyone have any ideas on where I should start out as a new RN? I live in Boston and most hosptials want someone with experience and bachelors degree. I only have my associates.

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Try the rehab hospitals, community hospitals and nursing homes. Community hospitals will post positions with "BSN preferred" vs. "BSN required" which gives them wiggle room. Spaulding Rehab in boston/cambridge also hires RN's with ASN's and has a great tuition-remission program if you decide to go back for your Bachelors.

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Thank you for they great info.. Spaulding sounds good.. I will definitely check all of them out..

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KelRN215 has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Complex Care Manager.

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I agree to try for the community hospitals... do not expect for a nurse recruiter at any of the big name hospitals (MGH, BWH, BIDMC, BMC, NEMC, etc) to even glance at your resume if you don't have a BSN. Although I hear a lot of the Steward and Partners Hospitals are beginning to require BSN as well. Your chances might be better even farther outside the city... where do you live?

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I live in Boston.. I have been looking on a lot of sites for jobs, but so far no luck

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KelRN215 has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Complex Care Manager.

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Yeah, I got that... I meant what part. Community hospitals where I would suggest someone who lives in Allston/Brighton look are not the same as the hospitals I'd suggest someone who lives in Dorchester/JP/Hyde Park look.

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KelRN215 has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Complex Care Manager.

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Have you looked at Carney Hospital, Quincy Medical Center, Good Samaritan in Brockton, Brockton Hospital or Faulker in JP? Carney, Quincy and Good Sam are all Steward Hospitals and I've not heard the greatest things about that for-profit system that overhauled all the Caritas Hospitals, but if you're desperate for experience, maybe try there? Faulker is owned by Brigham so I'm not sure if that affects whether or not they hire ADN grads. If you have any interest in peds, you could also look at Franciscan's.

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KelRN215,Thank you for all the great info..

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How much for spaulding's tuition-remission? do they cover MSN programs?

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I know of several pediatric homecare organizations that are hiring new grads...namely Family Lives and Pediatria (both based in Shrewsbury, near Worcester.) The reality of it is, as a new grad, I would be ready to commute. I drive 45 min to work and have an hour and twenty five to hour and forty five minute commute home.

The benefit is that pediatric homecare, or homecare in general will afford you a higher complexity of skill-set than you would likely be afforded in a hospital, at least to start (ie: vent, trach, g-tube,) however, you will miss out on other skills (ie: IV/IM/ID meds, and other cleanliness protocols as homecare is less than sterile.) I will say, pay to start is around $30-$34/hr depending on shifts for most agencies, so while there aren't regular pay increases, you can make a pretty decent living for the work involved and it's generally a stable environment...relatively speaking.

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I would also advise against getting your MSN. Get your BSN. From most things that I hear, a hospital a non-NP MSN does not make up for missing a BSN, especially if you have any hopes of getting into hospital administration (ie: DON, etc.)

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