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Author General New Grad question



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Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:06 am

Hi everyone,

So I am currently a second year student, I have heard it's hard to start your nursing career without securing yourself a graduate position after the degree. Straight after i finish my degree i would like to travel for 3 months around the world, Iv'e been told this will squash my opportunity for employment when i return from my trip as I would had not had any experience and so on. I was wondering if hospitals do intakes for grads throughout the year? or is it only at the beginning of the year? I have another year before i have to apply but i can't help but feel stressed about it if my future traveling plans hurt my career. Would appreciate any feedback or advice :) 



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Jun 21, 2016, 05:00 am

Hi, I think that taking a trip would be a great idea; especially if the trip had some nursing health care aspect to it.  You could help in hospitals or learn about the healthcare system while you are on your trip.  You also can look into hospital employment as well.  In fact, the earlier you look into that, the better.  Hospitals have what we call "Fellowships."  They are a program that helps graduate nurses get into the hospital doors and be on the floor with a more experienced nursing team.  They take you into their wings and help you learn the ropes of being a nurse on the floor.  You can do an internet search of hospitals in your area and apply from there.  I think that nursing homes do the same things too if you are interested in a nursing home job.  I wish you the best.  Purplespider, CNA



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Aug 23, 2016, 02:12 am

Thank you for your discussion forum posting.  I really think that it is a good idea to understand what goes on when you are a new graduate nurse.  To me, I think that the best advice that I can give is to know someone or some people into getting your first nursing job.  I did my nursing rotation at an adult day care facility, then my internship at the same place which was the adult day care facility, and finally the director asked me if I wanted to continue to work at the adult day care center and stay with them and I said "Yes."  So, it is always good to know people and talk with future potential employers because you never know when your next job will come.  I wish you the best.  Good luck to you.  

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