I am new to this site and the amount of information is astounding! I am looking to see if anyone can offer some advice/recommendations about my current situation.
I graduated last May (2012) with a ADN and passed the NCLEX in June. I have been working at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis since October 2010 as a Dietary Aide. I have submitted my new grad application and have received recommendations to the hiring managers from the Nurse generalist in the HR department and employees who work on the units I am interested in.
I have emailed the Nurse managers with my resume attached and they are indicating they do not have positions available for new graduates at this time. This hospital has saved my life twice as I have been a patient there and I would hate to leave the hospital to work elsewhere. I have debated dropping to a casual status and getting experience at a LTC/TCU however I want to exhaust my options at Abbott before doing so.
Can anyone give me suggestions to really make myself stand out to the nurse managers?
apply to all units in abbot AND other facilities. Abbot may be your dream job BUT its more important that you get your nursing exp than to wait, losing opportunities. Many new grad residency hyou have 12 months after you graduate to get in it otherwise you'rea stale grad which soon becomes almost unhirable because now no experience, aged out of new grad programs, nursing skills now rusty if not forgotten. SO get your 1-2 years nursing exp wherever you can and then plan to transfer back to Abbot at a later time.
Last edit by Inori on Aug 15, '12