I am a registered nurse and have been working at a LTC care facility for 10 months and am wanting to be in the hospital so bad! I want to use my skills more and grow more as a nurse and I don't feel that this is the atmosphere for this. My dream job is working on a mother/baby floor and I brought my resume to a manager last week for this type of position. The job was offerred to someone else. I have heard that going in person and handing out your resume is the best strategy. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do? Or do I need to be in med/surg first before working as a mother/baby nurse?
Whether you need prior med/surg experience depends upon the hospital. As far as your resume, what is in it is far more important than how it arrives. In most places, the person receiving the resume isn't going to be the one screening applications and selecting someone for the job, so that person won't be aware it was hand-delivered anyway. I interview a lot of nurses, and hand-delivered resumes have never given anyone an edge.
If you can get into a med/surg position, I believe that it would improve your chances. There aren't too many parallels between LTC and L&D/postpartum, and the closer you can get to demonstrating the skills necessary for your desired position, the better shot you will have at landing the job you want.
Last edit by Orca on Jul 30, '12
: Reason: rewording