I'm posting here in the nurse management forum because I would love to pick some managers' brains regarding hiring new nurse graduates. If this is totally the wrong forum, then by all means, please direct me to a more appropriate one. But I'm hoping you'll share some of your ideas, as many of us new graduates are starving for direction and encouragement in this abysmal economy.
Here are a few questions:
- What do you look for in a new nurse - namely, what sorts of traits really stick out as impressive to you? Think about new RN grads on your respective units...what made you choose them over other candidates?
- Will you appreciate my moxie for walking unannounced into the unit and showing you my portfolio?
- Do you like unorthodox, creative-without-being-gimmicky cover letters?
- Any advice for new RN graduates in this economy?
Please share your thoughts! I am an RN BSN who graduated in June 2010 and have applied to more positions than you can shake a stick at. That includes out of state jobs. I don't have a CNA license, as I didn't know 4 years ago that it would behoove me to have one. I have a previous career and BA in Anthropology, interesting life experience, and can communicate rather well. Volunteering as an RN is hard to do, as it seems many facilities want you to commit to a year with them...and would leaving a volunteer position early "look good" for me in the long run?
Just looking for some insight into what else I can do here...I'm at the end of my rope.