At long last... I'm in the club! - page 2

With some luck, a LOT of hard work and countless sacrifices, I am among the fortunate few who snagged their dream job right out of nursing school. Tomorrow I will don my patch-free scrubs, anything-but-white-shoes, and RN badge,... Read More

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    With some luck, a LOT of hard work and countless sacrifices, I am among the fortunate few who snagged their dream job right out of nursing school. Tomorrow I will don my patch-free scrubs, anything-but-white-shoes, and RN badge, and with a great deal of excitement (and a little trepidation), begin my orientation on the unit as a Cardio-Thoracic Critical Care nurse (woot!!!). As a new RN - energized, enthusiastic, and no doubt credulous... I just want to say that am so pleased to be in this honorable profession and we are all Rock Stars!! So there. (my up-lifting words to refer back to in a few weeks when I start wondering what the hell I got myself into... lol)
    Congratulations! You'll soon find nursing to be a very rewarding career.

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    benm93 - It was lots of hard work and some good old fashioned luck. I was in nursing school when I heard from a friend about a manager on a cardiac stepdown unit seeking out nursing students for techs on the unit (luck). I emailed her right away and applied. I also asked for a letter of recommendation from my acute care clinical instructor who, as it turns out, was in the same graduate program with the manager and knew her (luck). I got an interview and was hired. It was at the interview that I found out that I could be pulled to any of the ICUs at any time when needed as part of my job description (luck). Basically I fell into my job and it was mostly luck. But once I was there, I didn't take anything for granted. I worked harder than anyone I knew. I picked up shifts, I spent my spare time learning. I consistently went above and beyond and grabbed the attention of the managers. Now I work one of the ICUs that I was pulled to as a tech. That part I like to think was pure skill.

    Work your ass off and don't take no for an answer and luck will find you too!

    On a side note, I sought out many opportunities to gain experience on the ICUs without luck and with a great deal of frustration before this opportunity presented itself. Don't give up if it's what you really want!


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