I am super excited about the opportunity to shadow in my top 3 choice areas for a graduate nurse internship. 2 hours in the ER, 2 hours in ICU and 2 hours on an observation unit! Since my application is already in, there's a possiblity of an interview as well (which may also be in my head since no one has said anything about interviewin.g..yet
Anyway, it's in 2 weeks and I'm confused about what to wear. My former corporate American half is saying to wear business casual and some flat, comfortable shoes. My current nursing student/ER PCT half is telling me to bust out some scrubs and look like the position I want!
I've asked a nurse recruiter at the hospital and I'm waiting to hear back from her but I wanted to see what you guys think. Thanks!
op: no one (future co-workers in particular) are really impressed as you think with people who jump in to do dirty things when he/she is trying to get a job. they are used to seeing former and current interns/externs/student nurses/volunteers/new grads doing everything under the sun to be noticed. your future co-workers will be impressed after you have
the job and you go out of your way for a patient that is not yours. thus, focus on your future bosses and be dressed for an interview. this means you should also carry a copy of your resume and portfolio at all times, plus use the opportunity to take notes, network, and find out the names and contact information of hiring managers.
by the way, being dressed for an interview will not negate opportunities to show good customer service. you can always help visitors with directions to the bathroom, provide patients with water or a warm blanket (after asking the nurse if it is ok), and find additional chairs for family members to sit down next to his/her loved one. it is not necessary for you to get dirty when you shadow to prove your worth as a potential nurse.
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well, i shadowed once before accepting a job and the hospital had me to sign a waiver of liability - this is true. but just because you may not be touching patients doesn't mean there aren't things you can do that you wouldn't want to be "dressed up" for.
true, but it is not necessary to dress in scrubs and to do dirty things to gain respect or be noticed by your future co-workers. if you make it known that you are shadowing today and hope to also interview, the staff will understand.
Last edit by MBARNBSN on Mar 1, '11