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Old 09-18-2012, 08:14 PM
 
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Hey everyone,
My fiance is getting stationed in Jacksonville NC and by the time that we move out that way I will be done with my BSN and I was just wondering how difficult it is to get a job in hospital as an RN? I have been looking at job listings and they all seem to require experience and I have experience as a nurses aide but obviously none as an RN. Any suggestions on when I should start applying (we arent moving there until may) and ways to boost my chances?
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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ways to boost my chances?
I don't know the nursing field, but why not get some experience through temporary jobs like giving flu shots or volunteering at clinics? In this area there are many clinics staffed by nurse practitioners, so I suspect there are many qualified people in the area.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Beside looking in jacksonville, I think you should also check neighboring towns for jobs: Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City and Carolina East in New Bern. For Brynn Marr Hospital in Jacksonville, check their web site separately, as they are a specialized substance abuse hospital. I have also seen an contractor hiring for the Naval Hospital on base.

If you can't locate an entry-level nursing job in a hospital, there are opportunities where your degree would be an asset. For example, we could really use a licensed electrologist around here, and there are ear-piercing opportunities.

I don't want to be too discouraging, but the military wives around me are "under-employed". Smart women with degrees have difficulty finding good jobs, perhaps because employers assume they will move on too soon.

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Old 10-18-2012, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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Hey everyone,
My fiance is getting stationed in Jacksonville NC and by the time that we move out that way I will be done with my BSN and I was just wondering how difficult it is to get a job in hospital as an RN? I have been looking at job listings and they all seem to require experience and I have experience as a nurses aide but obviously none as an RN. Any suggestions on when I should start applying (we arent moving there until may) and ways to boost my chances?
New York RN for 30 years and NP for over 20 years with Masters in Nursing. You should apply immediately, but you should also know what type of Nursing you want to specialize in. Years ago we were told to have basic Medical-Surgical experience and we could go anywhere with that. It held true for me and I went into ICU, ER, Recovery Room, Neuro ICU and Coronary care. It is different today Nurses can work in various health and non health settings. I however feel it's best to get your feet wet, it may be harder but you'll have a strong foundation if you pay your dues now.
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