There is a Catholic hospital that I would really like to work at in the future. I am not Catholic, nor have I ever attended a Catholic school in my past. I did a semester of my clinical rotation at this hospital and really enjoyed the facility. It also have a psychiatric floor, which is why I really would like to get my foot in the door. However, I wonder if it is a useless pursuit to continue to apply to this hospital?
I have applied for RN positions (I don't graduate until May 2012 - so I am not surprised by being denied these positions), patient care technician positions, and a dietary aide position. I know times are tough, but I now wonder if it's because I am not Catholic or haven't attended a Catholic school in the past. The professors I know that work there both are Catholic and went to Catholic schools. I know a couple students who work there and have went to Catholic schools in the past (whether HS or college.) Could this be a reason for not be considered for positions? Should I mention something about my appreciation for the hospital's Catholic tradition in the cover letter?
I know that for most Catholic schools you must be Catholic to work there. Although I didn't think it's true for hospitals, are they more likely to hire someone with a Catholic background and education?
Apr 17, '12
by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
Legally, they can't discriminate against you because you're not Catholic, as that falls under religious discrimination. Does that mean it doesn't happen? I don't know...I'm sure it could.
But then again, on how many job applications are you required to indicate your religion? I've yet to see one for healthcare that does. And no sane interviewer would ever ask you that question because they wouldn't want a discrimination lawsuit on their hands. You are under no obligation to ever disclose your religion, so it should be a non-issue.
It may be that they just don't have openings now (even though they have it posted), or they have too many applicants, or they have to go with internal ones first. If you really want to work there, keep trying.
Best of luck!
Last edit by Meriwhen on Apr 17, '12