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I am a new RN graduate and will begin a BSN program this fall. I'm having a difficult time finding a job. Any other positions I should consider?

Tuesday July 23, 2013
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Dear Donna,

I am a new RN graduate and will begin a BSN program this fall. I'm having a difficult time finding a job. Can I work as a CNA? Or are there other positions I should consider?

Unemployed New Nurse

Dear Donna replies

Dear Unemployed New Nurse,

The hospital job market for nurses is tight in most parts of the country. This is partly because hospitals jobs are diminishing as care moves into other settings, both inpatient and outpatient. To fully understand what is happening and what you need to do, read “New nurse, new job strategies” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Strategies).

It is not advisable to work as a CNA while you hold an RN license for a variety of reasons. See what nurse attorney Nancy Brent has to say on this subject at http://news.nurse.com/article/20100308/ALL05/100311001

You should look in new directions for nursing employment and you need to learn and use new skills to find those jobs as the above referenced article instructs.

It's great that you are enrolled in a BSN program. The fact that you are pursuing that degree will automatically make you more marketable.

Best wishes,
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.