We don't allow our applications to leave the building. You have to fill it out and hand it in so we know YOU did it.
Please don't go flaming me, but if I have the choice between an LPN and an RN, I'll hire the RN. The 5 Star Rating System is important these days and part of that score is based on staffing..specifically the number of RNs in the building.
In Massachusetts LPNs can and do hang IVs--peripheral, midlines, and PICCs.
Here's what I look for when interviewing:
1.Is the applicant on time? I am very busy and don't have time to waste wondering why you didn't show up.
2. Is the applicant neatly dressed? Not designer clothes but clean and pressed...you'd be surprised how many people come in looking like they just rolled out of bed.
3. Are their finger nails clean? No kidding...dirty nails or long fake nails...ick
4. A firm handshake? not one of those fishy ones
5.Is their resume free of spelling
and grammatical mistakes? We all make typos, but if the person didn't take the time to carefully read their own resume', how careful will they be with documentation?
6.When I take them through the building, do they say hi to other staff people and residents? I had one woman flinch when one of the residents came by.
7. Do they ask questions about the position or the facility? I know people are anxious and willing to work almost anywhere but you should have at least a clue about what kind of facility it is.
8. Do they job hop?
9. If they're a new grad, what kind of other experience do they have they can bring to the job?
Of course, it's not an exact science. I've been doing this for years and years and have developed a sense about people...and I know if they will fit in with the staff I already have.
Good luck and don't get too discouraged. Finding a job, especially these days, takes time...sometimes it's a case of being in the right place at the right time.