BLESSINGS UPON YOU
for reading this!!!
I am hoping my fellow Illinois Nurses could share with me some of their wisdom, knowledge, experiences, and suggestions/tips regarding how the nursing hiring process actually works at hospitals, and how one goes about getting their first nursing position.
You see, I am a second-career, new nurse graduate and the last time I searched for a job we used newspapers (an ancient form of one-way communication), we applied for positions in person (yes, they actually use to let you enter a business and speak to another human being regarding employment), and if you were rejected, you were given the courtesy of a letter or a telephone call to inform you that the position was filled (it was slower, more genteel period in history). This new world I now find myself in is somewhat perplexing, scary, and downright disheartening, so I am hoping those of you "in the know" would be kind enough to help me.
While I am looking for ANY HELPFUL INFORMATION
anyone would care to share, I do have a couple of specific questions, if you happen to know the answer:
1. Does Rush hire New Nurse Grads (NNG) to any area besides the OR?
1a. Is there anyone who was hired to Rush as a NNG who did not have an inside connection?
2. Does University of Illinois Health (formerly UIC) actually do anything with the resumes I keep sending and will I ONLY hear something from them if they are interested?
2a. When I am sending U of I Health my resume, is it considered bad manners to send a couple of letters of recommendation along with it?
3. Is what they told me in nursing school accurate, about a resume being an absolute maximum of two pages long? (As I have 20 years of work experience, most of which correlates to the nursing profession, I am concerned about chopping too much off)
THANK YOU SO MUCH
for any assistance and/or encouragement you may provide; it is GREATLY appreciated!!!
Kimberly BSN, RN
P.s. Does is ever get old putting that behind your name, or am I just a dork because it is so new and cool?