I am a student nurse who will graduate in 2015. I know the job market is tough out there and recruiters are asking for experience. Will working as a patient care tech while Im in school count as experience? It will be difficult for me to work while going to school, but I will do it if it will help me get a job
Concerned Student Nurse
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Concerned Student Nurse,
When hospital recruiters ask for experience these days, they are usually referring to graduate nurse hospital experience. So while getting experience as a student nurses can be beneficial to you in many ways, it will typically not satisfy a hospitals requirements for experience. Read New nurse, new job strategies (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Strategies) to understand what is happening and why in the job market. The article also provides tips to give you a competitive edge in your job search.
Getting patient care experience while a student can help build confidence and skill. School comes first though, and you do have to focus on it. You dont want to run the risk of burning yourself out in your career before you even begin. There are some additional things you can do to boost confidence, skill and marketability upon graduation. Read Success strategies for students (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Strategies-for-Students).
The job market for nurses changes every 5 to 10 years anyway. So by the time you graduate, the job market may be a little more open for new nurses than it is now. Hang in there and just keep