A week or two ago (I can't remember) I interviewed for a 16hr acute care position- 16hr is all they had open at this hospital but I wanted in SO badly. I haven't done acute care in about 16 years. I have been doing project management and clinical software implementation. 4 yrs ago I took a refresher program but then found out I was pregnant so put off going back to clinical practice another 2 yrs. 2 yrs ago I worked part time in a subacute facility for about 8 months, but then an old manager called and promised me the world with a start up company. Needless to say it didnt' work out and I still want to get back to clinical practice so here's what I did-
I called and left a message for the nurse recruiter before submitting my resume. After 24hrs (and no return call) I sent in my resume, inquiring about any open nursing positions ont he shift that I wanted. 24hr after that I called the nurse recruiter again and left a message saying "I wanted to confirm your receipt of my resume and I'd love to set up a time to come in and disucss opportunities with you". She called me back the next day and we set up a time.
When we met I asked her if they met with / hire a lot of nurses returning to practice after being out so long and she said "quite frankly, no". I was stunned - especially with the nursing shortage over the past few years. She went on to tell me that I made it in the door because I was persistant and really demonstrated to them that I was serious and wanted to be there. I left my interview at 9:30 that morning. I received a call from HR at 9am the following day offering me the job.
I start on 9/8 and I'm excited and scared to death all at the same time!! I haven't put an NGT in someone in ages, and I've NEVER inserted an IV. They said they'll work with me to refresh all of those skills. I am SO happy!!!!
So if you're unsure if they like you, or are afraid to be too pushy - don't be. The important thing I learned was that they want to know you really want the job. I was afraid I was being obnixious but she said my demonstration of such a strong desire to be there is what got me the job.
Aug 27, '08
They say persistence pays off! you've just proved it!
Keep us posted on how it goes. Wishing you all the very best!