Hello Everyone -
I am a newer RN. I graduated in December of 2011 and I was fortunate to have a position on a Cardiac Pulmonary Medical unit before graduation. After a year and half, I feel I need to move on to another location. The culture of this unit is very negative and feel it is affecting me both personally and professionally. I have applied for many, many positions with only a few interviews and after interviewing, nothing seems to go any further. It's like my application gets lost or something. No follow up calls... No.."we are pursuing other candidates"...Nothing. Was wondering if anyone has any tips or suggestions that maybe I am missing in this process? Also, I am posting my current resume. Any advice on how I can improve on it?
Several years experience in primary care at acute care facilities, specializing in cardiac, pulmonary, stroke, and medical patients. Thrive to maintain strong reputation for achieving high levels of patient satisfaction while being culturally sensitive to patients' needs.
Registered Nurse n the State of Wisconsin, License number XXXXXX-30
Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification, 2011 to current
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification, 2012 to current
ONS Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider, ONS #XXXXXX
Cardiac Rhythm Interpretation
December 2011 to XXXXX Hospital
Current XXX, WI
Registered Nurse I
- Cardiac Pulmonary Medical Unit
- Performed all tasks with a patient-centered focus while seeking opportunities for improvement of processes and treatments.
- Provided necessary health education training for patients.
- Acted as patient advocate and implemented total patient care through a team nursing process covering 4-5 medium to high acuity patients per shift.
- Assisted patients with multiple chronic diagnoses including CAD, CHF, COPD and asthma.
- Responsible for primary care, case management and medication management.
- Evaluated patient care needs, prioritized treatment and maintained patient flow.
- Accurately documented all elements of nursing assessment, treatments, medications, discharge instructions and follow-up care.
- Utilized strong assessment skills to determine necessary patient care.
June 2011 to XXXX Hospital
November 2011 XXX, WI
Student Nurse Clinical
- Health Restoration II:
Responsible for the total cares of two postoperative and/or medical patients each week.
- Cares included head-to-toe assessments, vital signs, medication administration, documentation, toileting, ambulation, and other necessary comfort measures as needed under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.
December 2010 to XXXX Hospital
April 2011 XXX, WI
Student Nurse Clinical
- Health Restoration I:
Responsible for the total care for post-surgical patients each week.
- Care included frequent postoperative head-to-toe assessments, vital signs, medication administration, documenting, toileting, ambulation and other necessary comfort measures as needed under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.
December 2008 to XXX Hospital
December 2011 XXX, WI
Certified Nursing Assistant
- Modified Care Unit (MCU) - specialized care of cardiac and stroke patients
- Provide assistance to nursing staff on an as-needed basis
- Assist in ADLs, personal cares, blood sugars, vital signs, and documentation
- Often float to other units within hospital to assist with staffing
Education and Training
2013 Cardinal Stritch University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
2011 Cardinal Stritch University
Associate Degree of Nursing
Any advice would be SO very appreciated, so maybe next time....I can go further than the interview.
I think its the format of your resume and maybe your interview skills . Its confusing and it seems like you are a new grad with no experience. Under work experience just list CNA at such and such place and bullet point your skills and do the same for your RN Experience. You can mention clinicals if you feel like its necessary but you should minimize it . Emphasize your CNA and RN experience more.
Are you currently working as RN or BSN? If you are working as a RN see if you can transfer your position to BSN.
What do you hate about your job? The people or your duties? If its the people , be aware there are unpleasant people every where. Just try to socialize with them as least as possible. Of course greet them , and if you need something ask for it. If its your duties deal with it , there are certain aspects in nursing not everyone likes. Stick with the job and try your very best at it, its the only one you got. You might hate being there , but don't show it put a smile on your face. Fake it till you make it.
I think its easier to transfer to another floor in your workplace than to get a job elsewhere . Just stay alert for any job openings. Dose your place have a board or something? There should be some place or way you should find out . Even if you transfer they will ask your current floor about your performance. Have a good reputation is vital. Have you every stopped and think what your co-workers think about you?
Just be grateful you have a job . With the economy the way it is, so many people would kill for yours . Its amazing when we complain less, life runs smoother . Sometimes its not as bad as we think it is .
Good luck with everything.
Last edit by cookiemonsterpower on Jul 20, '13