Quote from Jazi123
I heard the interview for this department can be intense. Can you share what it's like? Type of questions, etc. I'm so anxious. I know it's super competitive and the chances of even getting a call are slim but i still get excited with every app I send out. I applied to L&D at Mary Birch (my dream job) and Grossmont. Good luck!!!
I did think it was intense, but I was VERY nervous as Mary Birch is also my dream job. (After doing a lot of applications and interviews now, I actually think UCSD's new grad program interview was more difficult, I think this is because they have a higher population of high risk moms whereas Mary Birch may not be as high risk, but delivers A LOT more babies.) Questions were pretty common- strengths, weaknesses, goals, most/least fav clinical area. After I got rejected via email, I responded asking for advice and what was given to me was to: get ACLS and NRP, become an AWHONN member, take the Maternal Newborn Nursing Course through RPS, build interview skills, and to have some sort of RN experience. Since then, I have done all of the above except have RN experience and I think we can all agree- how can I get experience if nobody will hire a new grad?
I think it also can't be overemphasized how much it matters if you have a connection to a hospital- I'm pretty sure relatives make a difference for Sharp, but I definitely know Scripps hires mostly based on connections with employees of the hospital- at least for their new grad program. This is the most frustrating part to me, because none of my family is in the medical field- I'm the first one, so I don't have that connection. I just don't see how having a connection makes someone more qualified for a job... that's probably because it doesn't.
Sorry for the long, vent-ful response, but thus far, my career search has been long and tedious and my patience and hope is wearing thin. Good luck to us all this time around! ::crosses fingers::