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I'm a newly licensed RN in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I graduated in the US a year and half ago but don't have any work experience since I moved to Winnipeg right away. I'm told I'm a strong applicant since I had good grades, great references, honors thesis, pharmacy tech experience, and have volunteered at a hospital here in Winnipeg for over a year.
I was wondering if anyone has advice for new RNs? Ideally, I would love to work in pediatrics (I did my practicum rotation in PICU and loved it), but there don't seem to be too many job openings right now. Most openings are either parental leave positions or part time, permanent positions. There is also an opening at St. Amant, an LTC facility for children with complex medical issues. My critical care professor encouraged me to take a position like this if hospitals weren't hiring, because I would gain experience with medical equipment and learn to manage patients with complex health needs - which would then make it easier to transition to critical care or ICU later on.
Here are my key questions:
1) Would you recommend starting at a general hospital, tertiary hospital (my preference), or specialty facility?
2) Do you recommend taking a med-surge position or holding out for a specialty?
3) How long should one stay in their first RN position? What if I get hired in a part-time position on one unit/facility and then my ideal full-time position comes up a month later somewhere else?
4) What is the appropriate dress code for RN interviews?
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Feb 20, '12 by nerdynurse00
i graduated in may of 2011 and am now working in ns. i took a job on a medical/telemetry unit in june (which i knew i hated even before i took it). to answer your questions:
1) i would tell you to take a job wherever you can get one! but talking to some of my friends who have started in nursing homes or rehab facilities are totally envious of my job in the acute care setting. tons of experience and a great opportunity to see how all the disciplines work together.
2) as much as i hate to admit it, med-surg is a great base on which to build your nursing career. the nurses and docs told me that if i can survive a year on the medical unit i work on, i could pretty much write my ticket anywhere else! i have learned a ton and it'll help me when i decide to move on and specialize. one of my friends started off in emerge and she's finding it totally overwhelming and she puts up with a ton of crap for being a new rn in emerge. i'm going to get my feet under me first, but everybody is different and starting off in a specialty may be your thing. if you have a med-surg position and work in a hospital, transferring to a more specialized unit can be done without losing sign-on bonuses (if any) or senority. plus, it looks great on a resume (so i hear).
3) stay in your position until something better comes up. i've been waiting for almost a year for something else- i look every day. the prospect of working towards that something better coming along is the only thing that keeps me going to work! but really, do what makes you happy. if your dream job comes up, go for it!
4) business casual/dressy clothes are the norm out here in ns for interviews.
all the best-
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