What Do Hospitals Look At For New Grads? - page 2

by Soliloquy

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Question: What do hospitals look at for New Grad RNs? I'm looking for/at Medical New Grad positions that don't want you to have any experience in order to get into their residency program. My professors also stated not to put... Read More


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    I think clinical experience can be very relevant sometimes. For example, I spent my entire last semester of school in a psych facility. So, when applying to psych facilities, I think that came in very handy. Yes, all nurses do clinicals, but not all nurses spend 5 months in one specialty area.

    If you're applying for an ICU position and you spent an entire semester on an ICU unit, I think that would be helpful for employers to know. What's better, a new grad with zero experience in ICU, or a new grad with a few hundred hours of experience?
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    Precisely. I spent 550 hours working full time in the OR. I have had at least 3 interested employers contact me about OR positions over the last 2 years, which they wouldn't have otherwise. And every nurse completes clinicals, but only the chosen ones go to specialty areas such as emergency ICU, and OR. It is very relevant to highlight related nursing experiences.
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    You have to list your clinical skills or externship! That is where all your nursing experience lies right now. As you progress and you develop more experience working, then you can get rid of it. I dont see why a New Nurse residency would count clinicals as experience? It is required to pass school. Maybe they were afraid of the hospital name being on there instead? Who knows but it seems silly to me.
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    I'm fresh from reviewing resumes and interviews for open positions in my department this week, so offering my wisdom.

    Experiened nurses after first year of work: Please do not list student clinical expereinces AFTER you have work experience from your first RN position
    because.
    a. It is not paid work exerience which has different level of responsibility and accountability.
    b. Appears to be padding resume.
    c. Want to avoid appearnce of being "Novice new grad".


    New Grads:
    a. Please do not label student clinicals as "work experience". Instead list as " Clinical Rotations" or " Clinical Experiences".
    List facility name, Type unit and dates or # hours. Recruiters and HR are well versed in what skills learned in mandatory clinical rotations: Med Surg, OB, Psych, Pediatrics, Community health --we really don't want to read for the 100th time today.
    b. DO LIST externships, extra credit rotations and any research conducted beyond program basic requirements.
    c. List volunteer experiences in separate section when more than just one day and unrelated to clinical requirements....include being home room mom--lots of organization with that position.
    d. Computer Experience -separate section list computer applications and level of proficiency
    e. Language experience: include if spoken/written
    Today I was asked if we had staff that spoke Bangladesh or would our Language Line service have interpreter.... they do have Bengali (actual language) interpreter.
    f. Prior work experience: agree with One1: highlight any additional experience you have and emphasize skills and strengths that you had in a previous career that can be applied to the nursing environment

    Waitress / Fast Food Attendant/ Guest Service Team Lead: positions should have helped you to "provide great customer experience", "focused on resolving customer service complaints/resolution", "Provided service recovery" --along with slinging that hamburger into a bag.

    My sticked thread at bottom of career section hosts more information:
    2012 Tips: Perfecting Nursing Resume, Cover Letter + Online Nursing Job Applications
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    On my resume, I have indicated that I was a student nurse at the 2 facilities I've listed. I'm leaving them on there, because I work LTC, which is actually very dlfferent, and I have many other nursing skills.
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    stickied! thanks!
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    Quote from NRSKarenRN
    I'm fresh from reviewing resumes and interviews for open positions in my department this week, so offering my wisdom.

    Experiened nurses after first year of work: Please do not list student clinical expereinces AFTER you have work experience from your first RN position
    because.
    a. It is not paid work exerience which has different level of responsibility and accountability.
    b. Appears to be padding resume.
    c. Want to avoid appearnce of being "Novice new grad".


    New Grads:
    a. Please do not label student clinicals as "work experience". Instead list as " Clinical Rotations" or " Clinical Experiences".
    List facility name, Type unit and dates or # hours. Recruiters and HR are well versed in what skills learned in mandatory clinical rotations: Med Surg, OB, Psych, Pediatrics, Community health --we really don't want to read for the 100th time today.
    b. DO LIST externships, extra credit rotations and any research conducted beyond program basic requirements.
    c. List volunteer experiences in separate section when more than just one day and unrelated to clinical requirements....include being home room mom--lots of organization with that position.
    d. Computer Experience -separate section list computer applications and level of proficiency
    e. Language experience: include if spoken/written
    Today I was asked if we had staff that spoke Bangladesh or would our Language Line service have interpreter.... they do have Bengali (actual language) interpreter.
    f. Prior work experience: agree with One1: highlight any additional experience you have and emphasize skills and strengths that you had in a previous career that can be applied to the nursing environment

    Waitress / Fast Food Attendant/ Guest Service Team Lead: positions should have helped you to "provide great customer experience", "focused on resolving customer service complaints/resolution", "Provided service recovery" --along with slinging that hamburger into a bag.

    My sticked thread at bottom of career section hosts more information:
    2012 Tips: Perfecting Nursing Resume, Cover Letter + Online Nursing Job Applications
    I'm going to hold onto this as well. This is good stuff.
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    #1 thing employers look at is - is this a good FIT for us/you. Personality, attitude, teamwork, etc.
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    Quote from Soliloquy
    Is it okay to exceed a page? I put in my Externship and the recent (last 4 years) of volunteer experience I had. But for work, I omitted things like Administrative Ass't and Working in the Drama Department at my school because I didn't feel it was relevant...without all of that it came up to a page.
    Two pages are OK -- IF you have a lot of experience. Since you don't have experience, you shouldn't be exceeding one page.
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    One hospital I work for has a nurse residency program. The biggest thing they look for is ties to the local community. They look for people who they think will stay at the hospital for the long run. I advise you do not list clinicals on resume as work experience. It is expected and assumed that you did clinical in nursing school. Seperate them under "clinical experience" and a brief list of facilities and units would be plenty. An internship should be listed.


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