I love my school nursing job, but it doesn't pay enough. I'd like to start working weekends, but I've been out of the hospital for almost 3 years. Any advice on how to get hired and trained for hospital? Are we allowed to say that we have pediatric experience?
Nov 24, '11
Most hospitals will give you an orientation, but you usually have to commit to working full-time during the orientation. Perhaps this is something you could do over a school break? As for the peds experience, in school nursing you develop skills in caring for kids who are managing chronic illnesses, but this is different from acute care experience. Not that one is better than another, but they are different skill sets. Did you previously work in a hospital setting? It's like riding a bike...
As for this opportunity being available, yes, it is do-able. I work school nursing 3 days a week, and then I work e/o w/e in the hospital. But hey, now that I think about it, I REALLY don't want to go in this coming weekend. How'd you like to work 3-11:30 this Sat/Sunday for me??
Last edit by MinnieMomRN on Nov 24, '11
Nov 25, '11
wish I could! thank you for your reply - i might try to call hr at a couple of hospitals on monday to see if i could do orientation over the christmas break. that would work out great!
Nov 25, '11
Good luck Miss Jeanne!
Nov 28, '11
Good luck! I applied with the hopes of picking up some pd bedside nursing and didn't hear anything for ages. When they finally called and offered me an ADN position i was happy to give it a go. It's worked out for me, though sometimes they get a little frustrated when i refuse shifts - i think they forget that i have a full time job outside of the hospital
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