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Interview #1 for Telemetry responded by: "You are in long term care, and this position requires acute care experience. I know this is an entry level position but why should I choose someone who has been exposed to LTC so long vs a student who I can pay cheaper and is fresh from the hospital setting?"
I'm sure this was terrifying the first time it was asked without warning. But the next time this happens it is the PERFECT opportunity to sell yourself. Coming from LTC:
- you are independent, unlike a new grad - you'll require less orientation
- you can handle 10,0000 patients/shift, unlike a new grad (or RN from another area)
- you have supervised others and can delegate intelligently (CNAs, med techs, etc)
- you have proven that you are a safe nurse (assuming no write-ups!)
- you have experience thinking on your feet, prioritizing, and critically assessing situations independently & with limited support, unlike a new grad (or RN from another area)
- you are a reliable employee (because you had to be) who doesn't call out sick, show up late, or no-show
- unlike a new grad who will take any job they get (just like you did), you have much clearer reasons for accepting their position. you're more likely to stick around past the 1 year mark.