Hi there everybody!!
Just another new graduate BSN here; (taking my NCLEX tomorrow!)
I've always wanted to work in pediatrics, but unfortunately, my school was unable to place me in a pediatrics unit, let alone a PICU, for my senior preceptorship. However, I was lucky enough to have a preceptorship in a high acuity ICU in the regional trauma center, and had a great experience.
However, now I'm looking for jobs in the PICU, and most require that I had my senior preceptorship in a PICU, or at least pediatrics. I'm starting to become worried, because I've heard from many people that if you don't start in pediatrics, you'll never end up there.
To any hiring managers out there, or anyone that can provide some insight... What can I do to make myself more appealing to managers in a pediatric setting? I'm happy to work up to the PICU from a med-surg unit, but even those seem to require a senior preceptorship in pediatrics.
For background, I've helped with volunteer research at a local major children's hospital, I've volunteered with homeless kiddos in my area, and I'm starting a volunteer position at a pediatric palliative care center in the area. I've taken PALS, and will be signing up for NRP ASAP. I also worked for 6 months in a local SNF (for older adults).
I really really want this, and I'd even be happy with just an interview.. but I've applied to about 10 jobs/new grad programs, and I think my lack of acute peds experience is holding me back.
Any tips and tricks?