I am a newly Registered Nurse with no affiliations to a hospital. I have zero paid experience, just my clinical semesters in nursing school. My senior II semester in nursing school was outstanding, as I was placed at a birth center. I focused 175 clinical hours on post-partum, labor & delivery, & antepartum sections on the birthing unit. It solidified my LOVE for OB/GYN nursing (and I'm actually really good at it!). I am currently applying for any nursing position, but ideally I want to land my dream job as a labor & delivery, post-partum, gynecological, and/or NICU nurse right away.
Like I mentioned, I have been applying on a variety of floors, clinics, and nursing homes with absolutely no luck. I have yet to land an interview. :-/ I am a MI RN and I am looking in the state of WI and in MI. The other day I applied to get my WI RN License, in hopes that this will help my chances to land an RN Job. Is it true that hospitals won't even look at your application if you don't have the license pertaining to that particular state (or compact state)? Hopefully this was a good thing for me to do.
My other question is that I am about to enroll in a Neonatal Resuscitation Program to obtain my NRP Certification. Before I pay the fees for the book and the course, I wanted to get some feedback from other RNs. Will this make me "qualified" for a position in NICU, L&D, and/or post-partum units? Is there anything else that will make my application stand out more?
Thank you in advance. I am excited to see what everyone has to say!