If nobody is willing to pay you for a job, then volunteer and prove yourself. Even if they won't hire you, you'll get some experience.
Last edit by VickyRN on Sep 15, '12
Sep 20, '12
is it legal to volunteer as an RN on the floor and passing meds, giving nursing treatments, just like a regular hired RN does?
I think that is prohibited by state labor law.
Volunteering in the hopital like a high school student does will not give you any real experience at all.
I volunteered at ER for a short-time after I graduate from school and before taking NCLEX, I basically only allowed to take vitals. I don't think that give me any ER nurse experience at all.
Oct 6, '12
Actually thought of that as well. It would be a great question to answer. I will post as soon as I get the answer. Sadly, one recruiter told me volunteer exp doesn't count because its not paid RN work. Maybe it will count if I was performing duties as an RN with an evaluation from a supervisor.
Oct 6, '12
I think one of the best reasons to volunteer is so you can meet nurses and nurse managers. Networking is invaluable. However, I found that many times it is difficult even to volunteer at some facilities.
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