, and suzanne
First off, thank you for all the tips/insights that I have found very reassuring and informative (for someone like me who has absolutely no clue on how to start in this new career).
Okay, I left my resume at the nearest hospital (15 mins away) in Skowhegan, ME, and applied online (the only way to apply there) at the next nearest hospitals, both in Waterville, ME (30 mins away). There is another hospital 22 mins away which I am considering applying to but there are no ads for RN aside from those for LTC. Based on the above posts, I am putting LTC positions as a lower priority as I don't feel it is the best area to get my first experience in.
Today I got a positive response from one of those in Waterville where I applied for Med/Surg/Tele positions, and one Rehab position. I was asked to schedule an interview. I am predicting it will involve, among other issues, choosing which one - Med/Surg or Rehab. Based on the above discussions, it seems that Med/Surg will be the best option. However, the position is for night shift (36 hr/wk, e/o wkend and holidays) as the day shift was already given to another applicant (I also applied for that previously).
As for the walk-in resume submission at the nearest hospital, I decided to follow up today at 12 noon with an e-mail, also saying that I left my resume last Friday at the recptionist. I plan to call later this afternoon to follow up on my application.
I have not set an appt with the hosp in Waterville.
Any input as to what I should expect:
1. during the interview?
2. during the night shift? (what am I really getting into?)
3. specifics on Med/Surg (usual cases, usual tasks, etc.)
The reason I like the one in Skowhegan is because it is nearest, and I already know some Filipino doctors, a PT and a nurse working there, so it would be like family to me. I have met them briefly, and they all seem to be very down-to-earth and have really, really pleasant personalities.
I also like the one in Waterville because it is not too far away (30 mins) and the thing that sets it above the former is that it is a larger institution - so many potential for growth.
Any reactions? Further advice? I feel so inept at this time.
Thank you so very much in advance!