I recently graduated from an ADN program in May, took the NCLEX end of July, and officially became a registered nurse! I am so excited to start my career as a nurse. I started looking for jobs immediately after I received my license number, and it has been such an overwhelming experience.
I am starting school in October so I can get my BSN, because I know many hospitals prefer or even require a bachelor's. My plan was to get a job before starting school and gain experience.
I do not have a lot of experience in healthcare, and was only a CNA for 8 months during nursing school. I worked at an office in my college for a total of 3 years and that's my only job experience. I quickly realized that nobody wants a new grad nurse with no experience in healthcare. Nothing in my resume makes me stand out 😞
The whole month of August, I applied to multiple hospitals. I am interested in ICU, ER, Telemetry and even Med-Surg. I know that as a new grad, ICU/ER or any specialized department is very difficult to obtain. I still hoped for the best and applied for those positions. I haven't heard anything back, and many of my applications have not been accepted. It's very discouraging.
I applied to a RN position at a Rehabilitation center close to my home. After three days of submitting my application, I got a call and scheduled an interview. I was very excited. The interview went very well, and met the DON. I was offered the position and I will begin my orientation this week. At first I was hesitant to take the position because I have always wanted to work in a hospital. But this is not the time to be picky, experience is experience. I want to learn everything I can during this "New grad" period. I won't lie though, I am extremely nervous. I have heard so many stories about new grads working in rehab, and getting 15-20 patients at a time. I hope I will be able to handle it 😕
Ever since I started nursing school, I always read different discussion boards on this page whenever I needed advice about something. I saw it as experienced nurses giving ME advice. I see all of you as my "Nurse Moms" 🙂
Now I truly need advice. ANYTHING is helpful. I want to know how to properly prepare myself as a New grad, things I need to know about working in a rehab facility, how to not pass out on my first day and anything else you guys recommend! I'm open to any advice.
Thank you everyone!