I am currently a nursing student and will be graduating as an RN in December. I have been trying to get hired on as a nurse tech at a hospital here in town and there are either no positions open, or when I do apply I get a rejection letter a couple of days later. It is becoming very frustrating! My ideal job would be in the NICU, but I imagine there are very few nurse tech positions that open up in that unit. I am a great employee and get along with everyone and I know that if I was given the chance to interview they might like me, but I NEVER get to interview. With the application process being online now I am just a faceless applicant...
Here's my question: I had clinicals with someone who works as a nurse tech at the hospital and he suggested that I bypass HR all together and go directly to the hospital and meet the unit manager...just introduce myself and tell them I'm interested in a nurse tech position. It sounds so simple when I type it, but I am NOT the type of gutsy person to approach a busy unit manager and beg for a job. I don't even know exactly what I would say! I imagine having to stand in the hallway of the hospital and give her my speech and I would really rather avoid having everyone hear how desperate I am for a job lol. On top of that, I have only been to this hospital once, I don't know my way around, and I don't even know how I would find the unit manager, other than showing up at the nurses station and asking to see her. Has anyone else done this before and what do you do and how did it go? What was the outcome? Would it be better to wait until a position comes available, then apply online and also go up there after filling out the application? Does anyone else have other advise for me? ANY advice would be appreciated!
Also-I just spoke with the hospital regarding volunteering and I am going to try to start volunteering there. I am hoping it will help me network with some people and maybe something will come from that. Has anyone had any luck starting out as a volunteer and then getting a job as a nurse tech or an RN? Thanks SO much for your advice!