Graduated on Saturday... 5 interviews already! - page 3
It's been a week since graduation with my BSN and I'm so happy that on Monday I had 4 interviews- 1 in HR, 1 with ER, and 2 with the health system's two OR's- the main hospital and the community one. Then on Tuesday I shadowed in... Read More
- 0Jun 8, '12 by PepeSilviaSorry for the late update, but I have accepted a job offer in the ER that I originally applied for! I'm so excited! I just had my pre-employment physical and drug test yesterday and orientation starts June 18th!
I'll give some background about myself, since a couple of you asked: I did not take the NCLEX yet. As a student, I got mostly A's and B's in my classes, a couple C's throughout the 4 years in the particularly hard nursing classes. But I will tell you- NO ONE even asked about my grades! I graduated cum laude, and the one interviewer asked what that meant, and I explained the GPA requirements for that title, but that's as close as it got. I have to give HR a copy of my official transcript but I have already accepted the position, so my grades were not part of the hiring process. I feel that was really sealed the deal for me was that I precepted in the ER for about a month as part of my critical care clinical rotation, and they were really pleased by that. In my interview I stressed how I understand how the ER functions, how important prioritization and time management is, and they were impressed with that. I also talked about how I worked as an aide in an assisted living facility over summers, and even though I wasn't doing actual nursing care, I learned a lot about managing my time and working with patients. They were also impressed that I had started IV's in school and felt comfortable with it. I didn't even know this, but some nursing school's don't allow students to start IV's? My school provided an IV class, which I took to become IV certified.
I would not say that the job market is great in central PA. This was the only call back I had gotten after applying for every position in every hospital that I could. Most managers want at least a year experience, if not two or three, but apparently where I got hired they like new graduates. There are two other new graduates being hired along with me in this department, and 5 or 6 in the other hospital's ER. So I feel like I just got lucky. But good luck to you all and if you have any more questions, feel free to ask
- 0Jul 12, '12 by whatdoIdonow?You said you 'precepted' in the ER...was that a clinical rotation with an instructor and other students? Or maybe an internship? I ask because I went the ADN route and our clinicals were about nine students and one instructor. Do most BSN programs do precepting differently? I am looking into RN-BSN right now and hopeful that it will help me land a job.
You also mentioned the IV certification- was that something only your program did or do you know if it is something the can be obtained post-graduation and where to look for details?
Cogratulations on the job! You inspire me!
- 0Jul 12, '12 by PepeSilviaFor most of our clinicals there were a maximum of 10 students to one clinical professor. For our critical care rotation, the first half of the semester was spent like that. For the second half, we chose our top 3 hospital and critical care departments and we were assigned to a nurse in one of the departments. For about a month I "precepted" with a nurse that was not a professor through the school but a volunteer staff member. I basically shadowed and got to participate in what I felt comfortable with. It felt great being with a nurse one-on-one. It really helped me to decide that I wanted to be an ER nurse. As for the IV class, it was offered along with CPR classes in my school's health center. They has flyers for it in the nursing department and they offered it every semester to juniors and seniors in healthcare majors. It was just a one day class and honestly wasn't that helpful, but I could put it on my resume.
- 0Jul 12, '12 by whatdoIdonow?Thanks for the reply. That sounds great- the one on one experience in clinical. I do very well that way. Wish my program had done that!!! I really lack confidence because I feel I didn't get the practice I needed in school. Volunteering with a free clinic in town has taken the edge off a little, but it's just triage, no real nursing skills are done. Thanks again!