Hi all, I'm new-ish around here. I've been a pediatric critical care nurse for the past 6 years (my whole nursing career) and will be starting medical school in a few short weeks. YAY!
Now, here's the thing: originally, I'd planned on switching to PRN at my current institution when school starts. It's not lining up quite how I'd like time-wise, and I've been seriously considering getting a PRN job in an adult ICU. I'm most likely going to be some sort of a surgeon in the end, and not necessarily peds, so I figured this might be a good time to make the crossover. Recently, I've fallen in love with the idea of working in the SICU at a nearby military medical center. I have sent my CV to HR along with a cover letter acknowleging the relative exclusivity of my experience to peds and asserting that I'm more than happy to do whatever they recommend to get up to speed with big people. So far....crickets.
In the meantime, would it be acceptable to contact the nurse manager directly to introduce myself and outline all the reasons that I really, REALLY want to work for him/her, and asking what I need to do to make that happen? I think that my reasons are good ones: 1) Desire for adult CC/post-surgical experience, especially truama-related (which I know there is a lot of there) 2) Considering joining the military as a physician myself 3) Strong desire to care for those who serve and their families. Would doing so come across as positive and motivated, or neurotic and pushy like an overly self-assured "baby-surgeon?"