I've only been a nurse for 2 1/2 years, and all personal and professional references when job searching have been mentors, instructors, friends, coworkers, and other fairly familiar people. Basically, all of my past references have offered to be one for me. I either didn't have to ask, or we had a relationship in which I knew I could ask them.
Now that I'm learning to take initiative, I need more than my past references. I am in very good standing with some of the nurse managers, directors, and physicians on my job, and I know that they could add real value to a resume and job consideration. My question is if/how do you ask if they'd be willing to be a reference? I'm sorry, I honestly don't know this kind of business etiquette. I don't even know if it's considered overbearing to ask. Thanks!