For how long can I apply for a job as a new graduate, so I can get the clinical training new graduates do in a clinical setting?

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Question:

Dear Donna,

I graduated with an ADN in May, and I started working as an RN in a big pediatric practice in Chicago, where I worked during nursing school as a medical assistant. I was not able to find a hospital job as a new graduate, but I eventually want to work on an inpatient unit. For how long can I still apply as a new graduate, so I can get the clinical training new graduates do in a clinical setting?

Letitia

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Letitia,

This varies by employer but is typically one to two years. Since most employers start their new grad orientation programs in certain months, be sure to contact the facilities you’d prefer to work for to see when the next new grad program starts, and do what you can to get in it. Also look for new graduate residency programs in your area.

Consider volunteering, even a few hours a week, at your ideal place of employment. It’s a way to get a foot in the door, make valuable contacts and get some inpatient exposure/experience.

Also, join and get active in your state chapter of the American Nurses Association. It’s good to rub elbows with those doing the hiring and training in hospitals. Networking is a great way to find and get a job.

Good luck!
Donna

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