After graduation I could not get an RN position in an acute care setting for two months. I took an RN position in a sub acute rehab facility where I learned a lot. I did admissions, wound care, drew blood, passed out meds, assess, administer fluids, antibiotics, and TPNs. I also knew that I had to obtain my BSN to make myself look more competitive if I wanted to work in an acute care setting in NY.
A year later, I landed an interview with a community hospital, because I knew someone in the unit. But, as per the manager, she hired me because she knew that working in an LTC setting meant I had good time management, good assessment, and customer service skills. She said that all the other skills can be taught once I started working. And oh yeah, I was also a semester away from getting my BSN.
Two years later I have a BSN degree (magna cum laude), med-surg and PCCN certifications, a Daisy award, and I just started my first two classes for my MSN. I was also recently recruited by two major NYC hospitals and I was ecstatic to accept an offer.
I still work at the LTC facility that hired me as a new grad. They took a chance on me and they taught me a lot, and still do. I also recommend new grads from the local community college that I graduated from for RN positions in my hospital as long as they started their BSNs.