Ok, I am actually posting on behalf of my wife. She just finished her 2-year ADN program and is looking for a job as a nurse in the Philadelphia area. She is enrolled in a BSN completion program as well, but will be a RN after she takes her boards in the next couple of weeks (assuming she passes of course - I'm not too worried, she had a 4.0 in her nursing program). She has a bachelor's in another field and significant professional work experience (although not directly in nursing). In talking to her and doing various research myself, it has become apparent that it is incredibly hard for new nurses to find jobs these days. This comes to a shock to someone not in the medical field like myself, but it seems to be pretty true for anyone who does any amount of searching on the web on the topic.
She just landed her first interview for a job in a doctor's office, and is optimistic about her chances after the initial conversation with the hiring person. The pay is not great ($18/hour and about 32 hours a week), but it would at least be a start in the nursing field and a chance to gain some actual nursing work experience. On one hand, it is tempting to tell her to just take whatever nursing job she can get - start getting the experience and you can try for better jobs later. On the other hand, she has not passed her boards yet and really hasn't been applying to jobs for that long. In that sense, it is tempting to tell her that she shouldn't take a job like this just yet - she should give it at least a couple of months of applying for jobs at hospitals after she is actually licensed before settling on a job like this. On the whole, I am more of the opinion that she just take whatever nursing job she can get to get her foot in the door, but I thought I would solicit advice from others.
Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks.