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by didiabu didiabu, BSN, RN (Member)

didiabu has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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Hi! I've lived in the US for a year already. I passed the nclex in Ohio and got endorsed here in Maryland. I just applied for ER nurse jobs a couple of days ago and I want to know if how long will I know if they will interview me or not. Will they even email me that they wont hire me? 

 

I am a RN in the Philippines with 3 yrs experience as an emergency room nurse. So I haven't worked for a year already. Will my one year of not working affect my application? Any advice? Thank you!

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Hi!

Most employers (based on my experience) will e-mail you to let you know that they are not interested in interviewing you, but by that time so much time has passed that you've already gotten the hint lol. 

As for how long will it take for them to reach out to you if they are interested is hard to say.  Some hospitals call within the same day, and some call after a week or several.  Since you came from another country and had to complete additional testing, I can't imagine that the year off would hurt you but make sure you have a good explanation.  I found that attaching a cover letter to my resume that professionally explains any gaps or job hopping seems to help. 

Good luck to you!  

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didiabu has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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Unfortunately, I never put a cover letter on my resume when I applied to the 2 hospitals. It has been 4 days since I applied and I've never heard from them. Thank you so much!

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You not having a cover letter shouldn't be an issue.  I didn't start using one until recently since I felt like I had some explaining to do lol. And it's only been 4 days so I wouldn't worry about it all.  I'm sure you're ready to get to work and 4 days feels like 4 years, but it's still pretty early in the process ;) 

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Be proactive.  Call and talk to Human Resources until you get answers one way or another.   I used to work in a hospital that was desperately short-staffed, but I would constantly encounter nurses who said they applied and never heard anything.  I lot of times these were nurse who had applied because they were encouraged by an acquaintance who was a unit manager or charge nurse and needed help and would love to have that person working with them, but nobody could figure out what HR was doing with these applications.

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didiabu has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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Thank you! After how many days should I start calling the HR?

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didiabu has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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1 hour ago, movenurse said:

You not having a cover letter shouldn't be an issue.  I didn't start using one until recently since I felt like I had some explaining to do lol. And it's only been 4 days so I wouldn't worry about it all.  I'm sure you're ready to get to work and 4 days feels like 4 years, but it's still pretty early in the process ;) 

Thank you so much! This is making me feel better!

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didiabu has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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I applied in Adventist Hospital and Holy Cross hospital. And I am still waiting for them to get back to me if ever they will want me to work with them. 

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didiabu has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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So I got a phone call from Adventist hospital for an interview next week and shadowing thing in the ER! I have been crying for days because I thought it is forever goodbye emergency room. I was already telling my husband I might just work as a cashier or janitor. Lol. I received phone calls from hospitals and they declined my applications because I do not have US emergency room experience.It really made me so sad and depressed. But today Adventist called me. This is a miracle.  

 

What do you think are the possible questions during an interview for emergency room nurse? The person I talked to said the chief nurse, nurse director will be there during the 30 minute interview? What should I perpare? What do I need to prepare during job shadowing? I am so elated and happy. Thank you all guys for the positive words. 

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Get on your computer and google something like "questions for ER nurse position interview"   You should come up with some good examples.   You should be prepared for scenario type  questions, like   "If someone comes in with symptoms of vomiting blood what would you do?"   Practice answers that  almost always apply like "I would start my assessment by evaluating the ABC's....etc etc"    They usually like to throw questions at you like describe a time when you saw a problem and how did you deal with it.   Also why do you think you would be good fit for this particular position.   Find out about the type of hospital it is, what sector of the population do they serve, their hospital philosophy (mission statement) , what types of patients are you likely to encounter.   They may ask where do you see yourself in 5 years. What are your strengths and weaknesses.  I'm assuming you are up to date with ACLS and PALS.

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