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Experience needed to pursue other opportunities

I graduated from nursing school in May and landed my first job in August. With the economy the way it is and hiring freezes in many U.S. cities, I took a job that I otherwise may not have. I am wondering how many months I should stay at this hospital before applying elsewhere. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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2 Responses to “Experience needed to pursue other opportunities”

  1. Lindsey Says:

    At least 6 months, preferably a year.

  2. Jenny Says:

    I agree with Lindsey – you should at the bare minimum stay for 6 months, but keep in mind that if you leave after only being there for that long, it can actually hurt your chances of getting hired elsewhere. No one wants to hire a nurse who leaves shortly after getting off orientation. I would stay for a year at least. You’ll get better letters of recommendation from your supervisor, and many places require 1 year of experience before they will hire.

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