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I work in ICU and I've recommended nurses to stop by and speak to our nurse manager directly. There is always a disconnect between HR and nurse mangers. Sometimes it's just best to go directly to the source and create that connection, then see where it goes from there.
I've been looking for> 1yr for a job. I have 16 yrs experience but have been out of nsg since '97-not sitting on my behind but out of nsg. I've had real problems finding a job. The travel places won't have you b/c you haven't had experience "recently" (which they define as w/in the last 5 yrs). I may be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel though as I'm being called back to meet the midnight shift staff of the unit I'll potentially be working in. Enough about me-here's my advice:
1) Don't give up
2) Pick a facility & if they have an online applications process, apply for every single position they have listed as being open. I mean it..every. single. position. (every single nursing position you're qualified for, of course)
3) Every couple weeks, go back to their website & apply for any new positions they've added since your last visit.
I don't actually know if this will help. I only know it was the only thing I did differently that seemed to make a difference. Prior to that, I couldn't even get an interview! And there is nothing wrong with me, bad hx, etc.
I'm a new RN grad and I've had a few interviews. I was offered one job however my husband had me turn it down due to the distance and now I wish I had not! I can't even get another interview! Nobody has called in weeks. Some hospitals only allow you to apply up to 5 times a month so that stinks but others in my area let you apply every day.... Most dr offices want MA or LPN so its frustrating