I am a new grad RN (ADN) who is already beginning RN-to-BSN education. I have thus far been unable to secure a RN/GN residency/internship.
My SO and I have had the conversation lately that I should remove my statement of interest in Certified Nurse Midwifery from my resume. He thinks it is limiting and/or playing on the personal opinions of nurse managers who may not be accepting of the CNM practice model - and that it may be the reason I am not getting call-backs. At all. I think it is me being up front and showing that I have "a five-year plan" I feel like it shows that I have a strong interest in evidence-based practice and a driven focus. Any wisdom?
In his defense he has heard me grumble during my OB rotations about several floor OB nurses that asked me if I "want to be responsible for dead babies" when I told them I wanted to become a CNM.
Here's my resume:
||Graduate Nurse seeking RN Residency or entry-level RN position in a progressive healthcare organization that is focused on providing exceptional patient care.
August 2010 - May 2012 Such & Such College Fort Worth, TX
- Progressed from caring effectively for 1 LTAC patient per day to up to 4 complex patients per day with supervision
- LTAC - Hospital
- Med/Surg - Hospital
- Mental Health - Hospital
- Mother/Baby - Hospital
- Pediatrics - Hospital
- Complex - Hospital
||Field Service Representative
March 2011 - May 2012 BLAHBLAHBLAH , Inc. Southlake, TX
- Seasonal product support inside of two leading home improvement stores
- Build relationships quickly and maintain rapport with management
- Successfully market products and report sales trends
- Adapt to rapidly changing workplaces and co-workers
- Work independently with remote supervision
||Field Service Representative
March 2007 - August 2007 Services Woodstock, GA
- Maintain product representation inside of a national home improvement store
- Assist customers with purchases
- Coordinate with competing vendors to minimize conflicts and problems
- Complete job responsibilities with minimal supervision
March 2006 - March 2007 Transportation, Fort Worth, TX
- Coordinate vehicle pick up and drop offs directly with customer
- Manage maintenance records on over 500 vehicles in storage
- Process employee reimbursements for up to 100 accounts per day
|2007 - 2012 College, Fort Worth, TX
- Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
- Fall 2011 Honors List
2001 - 2005 High School, Mansfield, TX
||Mother/Baby Care, Nurse-Midwifery, Women's Health, Pediatrics
|Certifications, Memberships, & Training
||BLS Healthcare Provider, AWHONN member
Jun 12, '12
True. But I wouldn't have to leave a L&D floor to practice Nurse-Midwifery, in fact I could benefit the hospital by just being on the floor in thatI would have a larger scope of practice than your average L&D nurse. That doesn't mean (for me at least) that I would require a ridiculously large increase in pay, but I think it would benefit any hospital to have a CNM on staff in L&D?? Can we say cost-cutting and improved outcomes??
Last edit by jamie.glaze on Jun 12, '12
Jun 13, '12
Quote from Learnlesson
Sorry, but there's no way on tis earth I would hire a nurse without clinical experience. You may want to expand the area you are job searching in. Being a new grad only teaches you enough to NOT kill someone (per our nursing instructor at graduation). You MUST have 1-2 years on the floor in order to be a well rounded nurse and to put theory into practice without an instructor to run to. Look outside your city and take whatever RN job you can get. The experience will at least get you a foot in the door at the hospital you really want to work at
So what you are telling me is that all new nurses should just pack up and not even apply? We should close nursing schools across the country because new grads are worthless and obviously not prepared to be nurses at all? I think maybe this is what people mean when they say "Nurses eat their young." You are not the first person I have come across who has this same hostile attitude toward new grads. Just where should one attain this mythical one to two years on the floor if all nursing managers shared your thoughts? Specifically what "floor" would that be? How would caring for nursing home patients develop my clinical reasoning for perinatal nursing exactly? Secondly, I have been applying to residencies, not experienced nurse positions. I am well aware of what I don't know but I definitely know more than "how not to kill somebody." My resume, nor any piece of paper I could present could possibly speak to my ability for clinical reasoning - or anyone else's for that matter, that is something that can only be shown through action. Years in a nursing job does not automatically make one a "good nurse," that logic is flawed. It would be like saying I am a good parent just because I managed not to kill my child in the first two years of life...
Finally, I cannot look too far outside my city because my only option is to commute to where I work or lose my children, thanks to divorce and 50/50 custody. The first one to move out of the county I live in will automatically become the non-custodial parent, losing their 50% share of custody and reverting to only every other weekend visitation. That is just not an option for me. I am however, entertaining and looking into jobs in an up to 1.5 hour radius from my home. Why would you automatically assume I am limiting myself to my city?
Last edit by jamie.glaze on Jun 13, '12