Hello, new to the site and the profession, just finishing fundamentals 2 and going to my first clinicals. Male nurse here worried about job placement upon graduation. Yes I know, worry about graduating and licensure then the job but I can't help but be concerned with the large influx of new nurses into the workforce. My plans are ICU then on to CRNA school. My question is, how hard is it to get and ICU position fresh out of nursing school? Will writing letters to hospital directors with my intent to apply upon graduation help? Any help is appreciated.
May 18, '13
by MissM.RN, RN
Eacue - can you state, with true meaning and clarity, why you want to be a CRNA? Do you truly want to be a nurse?
That aside, writing letters to hospital administrators or HR reps sounds kind of silly to me. If you truly want to be a nurse (see above) then get a nursing aide license and work the floors for a year while you're in school. Hate it? then drop out of your nursing program and go pre-med. Let your resume speak for you, not a letter. CNA experience, excellent grades, and bedside manner will get you in the door to a new grad program. Also - don't do ICU as a new grad. You need RN experience before you can handle a vented, sedated pt who is probably on two high alert drips with family in the waiting room who are asking for their loved-one's nurse. are you prepared to answer them?
Last edit by MissM.RN on May 18, '13
: Reason: spelling