Applying for the same nursing position twice

  1. Oh finally finally.

    I've been viewing this sweet website since I was a Nursing student years ago and somehow I finally managed to create an account here today. So I feel productive now that I can actually contribute.

    Just to give you a background (not that you would be interested, methinks) I've been out of nursing for about three years now because I did some humanitarian and welfare work in a 3rd world country for a couple of years. But I just finished that and I am ready to go back to nursing. Good thing there's quite a number of nursing vacancies where I live so that's looking good for me. Only thing is they're areas that I'm actually not so much interested in. I enjoy perioperative and surgical nursing, I guess that's from my previous desire to become a surgeon, which changed whilst I was attending nursing school. Eventually I'm thinking about doing MBA and combining that with my nursing.

    Nuff said about myself. Here's my question, and I really need your opinions on the matter. Would you, or have you ever applied for the same position in the same hospital twice? Here's what happened. I applied for a surgical nursing position and got interviewed by the charge nurse of the unit, and the nurse educator, who was very nice. They understood that I have been out of nursing for a couple of years, not long enough to forget the skills, but certainly would need support, as would any new nurse in the area, I reckon. And I guess that wasn't an issue considering that I got shortlisted and was interviewed. Interview went well, could be better perhaps but it was okay. They also understood that my experience was limited cos prior to me going overseas, I only had 6 months post-grad experience in Theatre/OR/PACU/Pre-surgery. It seemed to me that that's fine with them, otherwise I won't be shortlisted. They told me that should I be the successful candidate, they will help me succeed. I had exceptional references: 2 clinical nurse leaders from my previous work, a nurse preceptor, and a hospital CEO and president...all willing to back me up! Cut this story short. I didn't get the full-time job, which stinks. I didn't take it personally, it happens, although I would've REALLY loved working in the area. I just know I'll do really well at it. And I miss talking with patients after having worked in theatre. I know that's one of my strengths.

    What happened after that though was as soon as they called to tell me I didn't get the position (I already knew a day before, gut instincts), they posted the same position in the same unit, only this time, a part-time position to cover a parental leave. I don't know exactly what happened there. I want to apply because I want to work in the area BUT somehow it doesn't seem right.

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
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  3. by   Sarah G
    I've applied & interviewed for the same area twice. First time was still in nursing school & applied for CNA position to Myleosuppression/Oncology unit. The second time, after graduating & had 6mo RN experience. Both times wasn't offered position, but I felt that I had to try b/c interest in that area. It can't hurt anything to reapply. I just considered it interview experience. Maybe you could call interviewer & let them know you're still interested. Good luck to you.
  4. by   LVNBSN2
    I applied to the same job twice, and sometimes more. Really ticks me off when they interview me and never call back when I inquire about the job, but it's still listed as an open position! I'd rather they tell me "sorry, not interested," rather than ignore me!

Applying for the same nursing position twice