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Calling a Nurse Manager?

Specializes in Labor and Delivery.

Hey all--

I'm looking for advice about calling a potential manager...

I applied for my DREAM job, and I do mean DREAM job. It's in my ideal location CO, my fiance has gotten his job already there , and it's in my dream specialty--Mother/Baby. My application was received over a month ago, there have been no status changes on the website. I have spoken with a nurse recruiter who then requested my letters of reference for the position and said she would then forward them to the hiring manager. I have called the recruiter back (two weeks ago) to get an update on the position's status...and she said that it hasn't been filled yet.

How should I proceed? Is it too gutsy to call the nurse manager herself to get the status of the position? Advertise myself? Tell her why I want to work for her?

Any advice appreciated :nurse:

BrookeeLou_RN

Specializes in Home health was tops, 2nd was L&D.

I think you would be the best marketing tool for yourself! Call and see where it takes you.. After this amount of time I just do not think it could hurt. To me it would show you are feisty enough to go after what you want and think outside the box. Just my opinion. Hope you get the job!

noahsmama

Specializes in pediatrics, public health.

I would go ahead and call the NM. I agree that it's unlikely to hurt you, and might just help.

Good luck!

Call her. That might be the action that spurs them to choose you in the end.

RNlovesherPharmD

Specializes in Labor and Delivery.

I called the hospital...was transferred to the unit...was transferred to her number, got voicemail! All the psyching up it took me just to dial the number, and then had to leave a message!!! This is killing me !!!

I called the hospital...was transferred to the unit...was transferred to her number, got voicemail! All the psyching up it took me just to dial the number, and then had to leave a message!!! This is killing me !!!

As a new LVN I applied to a big hospital here in town. I wanted to work med/surg in a decent hospital. I didn't hear anything for nearly 2 weeks. HR in places like that suck.

I dressed up and took my resume up there to the floor. I just asked for the nurse manager and finally got her. They set me up with an interview there and then. I sold myself as best I could in the interview and got the job. Best move I ever made. I'm kinda quiet and shy and was not Donald Trump-like in the interview, but I was there smart, professional, and keen.

When you are there in person sticking a resume in their face you are totally able to show them how cool you are ;)

Good luck

RNlovesherPharmD

Specializes in Labor and Delivery.

The only problem...is I live on the east coast at this time. Won't be back to CO again until May :down: I am sure it will be too late by then to do that, plus most post partum units are locked down due to security reasons ( At least our's here is).

Congrats to you!!!

Keep it level RNlovesherPharmD! Keep the cart behind the horse for now, don't invest too much emotion quite yet and keep your eyes peeled for more positions... you know how much you're worth to this position, chin up and wheels moving forward :)

You got this!!

RNlovesherPharmD

Specializes in Labor and Delivery.

Keep it level RNlovesherPharmD! Keep the cart behind the horse for now, don't invest too much emotion quite yet and keep your eyes peeled for more positions... you know how much you're worth to this position, chin up and wheels moving forward :)

You got this!!

Thanks for the words of wisdom! It is hard not to get too invested, when there are very few jobs to be had. If I don't get a position, we will likely be living on two different coasts until I do---we are dreading that!

Thanks for the words of wisdom! It is hard not to get too invested, when there are very few jobs to be had. If I don't get a position, we will likely be living on two different coasts until I do---we are dreading that!

I understand how annoying the thought of that might be, moving in itself is difficult, let alone job relocation and the lack of positions open!

If there's one thing to live by in frustrating times (disregard any religious connotation) it's, "grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference."

I think you've done your part, if you feel there's more options to flex to obtain the job... excersize those options, but if you've exhausted your resources, it's time to make a nice hot cup of tea, take some deep breaths and let the powers that be (nursing manager) make their decision.

Best of luck!

BrookeeLou_RN

Specializes in Home health was tops, 2nd was L&D.

Again, I feel you have nothing to lose.. I would call her back next week maybe mid-week. She will have had a chance to call you by then, but may just refer your call to HR. If she is not there, do not leave a message but ask whoever answers the phone when a good time to reach her might be. You do not want to harass her with messages.

You could try calling early or try calling at end of her day. To actually have a chance to reach her you might need to ask someone what her normal scheduled work hours are.

I agree with the poster who says do not pin all your hopes on this one job..apply, apply, apply.

Best of luck with your search.:)

NOOOO! I would not call the manager again! Leaving a message was a bold move but I wouldnt push your luck. Especially if its your dream job.

You might want to start back with the recruiter and make nice. He/She probably got ticked off when the manager asked why candidates are calling her directly. That is an automatic DQ at some facilities plus you dont want to look like a stalker.

I would stay with the recruiter.. If you must contact the manager again. Try getting her email or sending a letter.

BrookeeLou_RN

Specializes in Home health was tops, 2nd was L&D.

Last I checked Nurse managers were human not some superior being who can not talk to nurses. It may be risky in some people's minds but waiting for the recruiter to do something after all this time has gotten you no where. I would not leave another message but you are the best person to decide if calling and not leaving your name will rock the boat.

Me..I think email is much more intrusive and you may not make it past the Spam box. But everyone has the right to their own thoughts and opinions. Peace.

I was thinking more along the lines of the recruiter taking offense at the OP going around them. Ive seen people get personal over little stuff like that... They want to feel in control and that will usually warn candidates about doing that.

so this was posted years ago. I just wanted to say that I run into it and decided to call. I already had the name. The person I called said that I would have better luck with the nigh shift manager and transferred me. The night shift manager looked at my resume right there and then and gave me an interview. It's my dream field, so I'm excited.
 

DJSexton, RN

Specializes in Psychiatry / Hospital Administration.

Great topic. How does one best position themselves to opportune the candidacy?? Any hospital is a big machine with countless moving parts, operating 24/7. There is a lot of work to do supporting patients, and taking the time out to look for great employees is one of them. For me, I always suggest being "politely persistent". That translates into being positive, succinct, respectful of one's time, and honest. These, by the way, are all qualities I expect in my employees too. Every organization's HR department works at different speeds as a result of leadership and its capable staff processing information. I would 1) Formally apply, 2) Find the Nurse Manager's extension and leave a message (I.e. previous qualities), saying your name in the beginning, and the end, as well as your phone # twice, and 3) Give some time. Be patient but persistently interested - it shows dedication.

I once interviewed a nurse 3 times over 1.5 years. She really wanted the job. She took my advice every time, and improved along the way. Not all candidates are perfect, and in fact, most aren't. I'd rather hire for personality with moderate skills, and develop the latter. I'm big on team, because when it gets rough out there, staff need to gel to get it all done. I want to wish you the best of luck!

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