Changing Specialties -ATTN: Managers

  1. I am trying to change specialties and although I see many postings on job sites for new grads etc, when I try to apply for ER positions I don't even get to the interview. "I am sorry we are looking for people with ER experience." I am working on ACLS and PALS certification now as I know that is neccesary.
    I just want to know if it is taken into account that the experience gained such as I have in oncology. Our patients have every system involved and are very sick and we get very proficient at assessing who is in big trouble and needs interventions quickly. It seems that it would be easier to get hired as a new grad than as an experienced nurse. I am just wondering if there is any insight you can give me. I appreciate any advice you are willing to give.
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   11:11
    You dont say how long you worked in onc or have been a nurse.

    Try working in ICU for a year or two. That will change their tune-
    Last edit by 11:11 on Dec 30, '04
  4. by   rjflyn
    Must be the hospital you are applying at. The last 3 I have worked in have hired new grads. Some as interns ie 6 month training program and other straight up to work as staff.


    Rj
  5. by   CEN35
    To be honest, I thnk many managers think the same way. A new grad with no experience, is easier to make an ER nurse, rather than someone that has been set in their ways, on a certain unit (i.e. Oncology, OB/GYN, etc etc).

    I disagree, I have seen many people come and go while I WAS in the ER for almost 8 years. I have seen outstanding new grads, and experienced nurses do great! I have also seen BOTH fail miserably.

    Apply and keep calling everyday, stick your nose in there.

    Good Luck!
  6. by   kat911
    Quote from oncrnmom
    I am trying to change specialties and although I see many postings on job sites for new grads etc, when I try to apply for ER positions I don't even get to the interview. "I am sorry we are looking for people with ER experience." I am working on ACLS and PALS certification now as I know that is neccesary.
    I just want to know if it is taken into account that the experience gained such as I have in oncology. Our patients have every system involved and are very sick and we get very proficient at assessing who is in big trouble and needs interventions quickly. It seems that it would be easier to get hired as a new grad than as an experienced nurse. I am just wondering if there is any insight you can give me. I appreciate any advice you are willing to give.
    One of the best Rn's I worked with in the ED was an onc clinician. She gave great care to her patients, we lost her to Mayo. Keep looking, youll find a place, point out your strengths in assessment and patient care. You'll find someone to take a chance on you. OR come on down to Texas, we'll put you to good use.

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