"not-so-new-grad" needs advice


Graduated in Dec. '06 and did not get a job right away (had a baby in '05, '07 and '09 and chose to stay at home and be a mom) At the time there were a lot of jobs in CA and so I wasn't too worried about starting my career. Now I'm eager to be a nurse and am finding it very difficult. I have a current license/BLS (getting my NRP in 2 days) and am planning on taking a refresher course. Any other advice about how to break in to the profession as a "not-so-new grad" would be more than welcome! Also, my resume is full of Maternal/Child type experience and education since that is why I became a nurse, to work in OB/Postpartum, but all those units want someone with at least a year of Med/Surg experience. How do I get a Med/Surg job with an essentially blank resume? Or is there any chance of getting hired directly into postpartum or L&D?

Jules A, MSN

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Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

Unfortunately now is just not a great time to start out especially with your heart set on a speciality. Exactly what kind of Maternal Child experience and education do you have? That might make the difference. Good luck.


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i just got a job after a year of graduating the way i got my job was by doing volunteer work at the hospital i wanted to work at. i didn't do it to get a job but i just want to get out of the house and not forget my nursing skills. after a month and a half after networking and talking to different department i got a job interview and now i have a job. so if you can volunteer. good luck and i hope you get a job soon i thought i would never get a job but if i could get a job you can too.

Specializes in NICU. Has 14 years experience.

Four years out, you might want to look into taking an RN refresher course. People who are only one year post-graduation are having a hard time finding anything; hospitals will definitely look at your graduation date as all but ancient history. A refresher course will show them that you're still up on the newest research and technologies.