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November 26, 2018

THE NEW NURSE CHRONICLES: FINDING A JOB

Hi, Everyone!

I know it has been a while, and I have truly neglected my blog and for that, I apologize. I have been incredibly busy starting my new job! I graduated with my BSN in May and passed my NCLEX and started my nurse residency program in June! Now that I have been practicing as a registered nurse for a couple of months, I wanted to bring a new series to my blog- The New Nurse Chronicles.  This series will cover everything you need to know as a new grad! From choosing a job, how I organize my shift, talking to providers, etc.

I wanted to start this series off with a crucial part in becoming a new nurse- finding a job! When I started the senior year of my BSN program, I was so confused about when to apply for jobs and what a nurse residency program was. My best advice for you all is to start early. Most hospitals that have a nurse residency program have applications that open months before graduation! For example, I graduated in May and was applying to programs in December. The job  I accepted I applied to at the end of February, interviewed in March, and accepted the position in April, exactly one month before I graduated.

My advice to you is to research hospitals around your area. I personally created a spreadsheet with the hospital name, type of residency, and what time of year applications come out. When I applied, I crossed that hospital off the spreadsheet. It kept everything organized. If you're not sure when applications come out for that hospital, you can always reach out to HR or a nurse recruiter.

Another piece of advice is to have your resume and cover letter ready at the beginning of your senior year. This way, when you apply for jobs, you are already prepared. It will save you a lot of time and stress if you perfect it at the beginning of the year and touch it up as needed.

I hope this helps you all prepare for your job search! As always, reach out if you have any further questions! I am so excited to take you all on my journey of being a new nurse.

-Taylor