"temping" as a nurse in nyc

  1. Hi everyone, I need some advice. I'm a recent grad (may '06) who went straight on to midwifery school, so i have zero nursing experience.
    Here's my problem: I will have to generate some income this summer while my dh is studying for the bar exam. I could just do temp office work, but I'm wondering if anyone can point me to a good temp agency for nursing or health care staffing in nyc? And, of course, I'm wondering what the chances are for me to actually get a temp nursing job without ever having had one before. I was thinking I could do things like chart reviews, where my lack of experience wouldn't be such an issue. But where to find jobs like that?

    thanks for any ideas...
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  3. by   KellNY
    Most agencies (all in NY that I know of) won't even look at you without having AT LEAST one year bedside experience (and that's the shoddier agency--the reputable want at least 2-3 years experience).

    Same with hospitals that hire per diem workers-they want their RNs proficient in their skills since they won't go through as long of an orientation and preceptorship.

  4. by   Mission
    I've seen jobs on monster.com for per diem school nurses for new grads
  5. by   RNsRWe
    I'm with Kell on this one: without bedside (aka: hospital) experience, the jobs you're describing aren't available. As for chart review, you have to HAVE experience with what you're reading to know what you're reading, know what I mean?

    Your best bet to get that much-needed experience is, of course, to get a job in a hospital (or nursing home) and begin orientation. Nursing home experience only will also limit you some, too.
  6. by   shhh
    well, maybe it is the corporate world for me then! It doesn't make sense for me to get a job now, because I am in school now and I really only need to work over the summer. Also I don't intend to work as a nurse in the long run! Thanks for your responses.