Like many of you, I am also a new grad looking for work. Many people were telling me to go to nursing homes. My concern about that was I don't have any experience and I was concerned if I would get any in a nursing home besides passing meds. I also wanted to be available for a hospital position if one came up. I spoke to a friend of mine who has been a nurse for many years. This was her suggestion to me and I hope it helps many of you. She told me to google a list of nursing homes in the borough that I was interested in. She then told me to go right down the list and call each one and inquire about working per diem for the nursing home. May homes will request that if you work per diem that you be available at least 2 days a month(that's certainly doable). By doing this I would get some experience, have flexibility in my schedule, make some money and still be able to search for a job in a hospital. She told me that even in a nursing home setting I would still learn skills like inserting a foley, starting IV's and the like. Another suggestion she made to me was to look into nursing homes that have sub-acute departments. These departments are going to expose to more of the things you would learn in med-surge. I took her suggestions immediately (today) and it's already working. Two places told me that they did have openings and to fax my resume. Although I want to get into a hospital, this will help with finances and exposure.