I need some good advice. I graduated in May of 2011 got my license in June and began a long and laborious job hunt. After months of endless phone calls, emails, in person hand offs, I got a job. To say I work as a nurse is quite a stretch( more of a I wear scrubs
and sit at a desk job) but it's a job right?
I decided I would gain licenses and certificates in the area of nursing I want to work in (OBGYN) during the down time at my current job! I also decided to volunteer at a local hospital hoping it would give me a little boost! I have gained my NRP and attended 3 separate conferences all related to my desired field. I also began volunteering with a local breast feeding advice line!! <3
The hospital I volunteer at just barley opened a new grad program and technically I had not reached 12 months of RN experience.
( 3 weeks shy) They even had 2 positions on my dream floor!! I eagerly applied! I then (2 weeks later) went up to the floor to talk to the Nurse manager. I told her who I was, that I had applied to the residency and just wanted to say hello. She showed me the floor and we shook hands. Immediately after my meeting with her I got a call from the volunteer coordinator stating my volunteer position with that floor opened up and I should contact that nurse manager. I went right back to that floor and left my information with her secretary.
I got a call the next day from the manager asking if I was the same lady whom she showed the floor too and was waiting for the residency program. I said yes and she told me she did not want me to volunteer on the floor until the residency was finished. I completely understood and told her so.
They had a prescreen interview for the residency and I was asked 2 questions from a Med/Surg Manager. Why that hospital and what makes me better. I felt I gave all the right answers, talking about how great a hospital it was citing certain achievements gained. I also mentioned how I volunteer there and just love it. As to why I was better I explained all the conferences I attended the added license I had and the 2 different volunteer jobs! I sent the interviewer a thank you email after the call.
I did not get asked for a second interview. I have no idea why? Was I too pushy with the manger? Did I do wrong by telling Med/Surg manager why I was better by only listing ObGyN stuff? Does any of that even make you better or am I just throwing money out the window?
Any thoughts or help is greatly appreciated! Any help on where I should go form here is also appreciated (sorry it was so long)
Jun 24, '12
I have a similar story that just happened to me. I was accepted as a volunteer at a trauma center. After 10 months of working there 1 to 2 four hour shifts per week I became a familiar person. I became very close to the staff which I truly loved. Some of the nurses started to trust me and I felt I was part of the team in some way. I was waiting for a new grad position which came in May. There were 1044 applicants for 4 openings. I applied and got an interview which went very well. A few days later I got an e-mail with started with the words "thank you for applying...we're sorry..." and you know the rest. I was devastated because I loved the ER and the staff and after looking for a job for over 17 months I finally thought I found a job. This event really was the straw that broke my back (you can call me a camel). I finally decided not to look for nursing positions any more for now. I'll be looking at other possibilities in health care. I think is pretty much impossible to get a new grad position at this time. I don't think I would ever to into nursing had I know it was going to be this hard to find a job.
Last edit by marcos9999 on Jun 24, '12