CALLING---Those who have Jobs- WE need you! - page 7

i was wondering from those of you lucky new rn's that have jobs:yeah: 1.what kind of floor are you working on? 2.where are you from? 3.how did you get that job?--did you have connections?,... Read More

  1. by   k.morris
    Okay it is official I have an interview Tomorrow for a med-surg/pediatric floor at a hospital about 40 minutes away, I am so nervous and excitied. I may be able to post on here soon. WOOT WOOT!
  2. by   JoeyGirlRNNYC
    1.what kind of floor are you working on? ortho

    2.where are you from? ny

    3.how did you get that job?-- did you have connections?, work there previously, application process, follow-up process, interview tips, anything at all would be helpful one of my grandmother's friends knew someone in the hospital. i started talking to the person in the hospital and the nurse recruiter this past winter. key for me was keeping in contact and being extremely persistent. sent numerous emails and little cards as well. very touch and go though. no preceptorship at the hospital since i went to school down south. interview tips would be to know what the hospital does, know your abc's and nursing process, know your strengths and weaknesses forwards and backwards, stay calm, and just go with your instinct to hard questions.

    really, if you want that particular job and location wherever it may be, go for it and do all avenues of communication (postal mail, email, phone calls, showing up in person) and consider everything (hospitals, home health care, nursing homes, and yes even volunteering).

    the more open you are, the more likely you'll find something and doors will open up for you.
    i wish you luck!! you will find something.
  3. by   lperkrn
    Thank you all for posting here. Your stories help me remain optimistic in this difficult employment market.
  4. by   Angel@MyTable
    Thank You for starting this thread!
    I am a 3rd semester nursing student (graduate May 2010) and was fretting over getting a job in this terrible economy!
    I got some very helpful hints (thanks to all for providing)
    1. I will start applying in December.
    2. I will apply far and wide (beginning with my hometown of Minneapolis/St.Paul) and plan on applying in areas comparable in cost of living (Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, Illinois, etc)!
    3. I will apply at the facilities I have completed clinical and my preceptor/internship at. I feel fortunate I live in an area with 2 level 1 trauma facilities Regions and HCMC (I did clinicals at Regions), and a HUGE VA hospital in Minneapolis. I also have a friend who is a retired nurse and she has connections with HR at Regions. A little further south in Rochester MN, we have Mayo clinic/St. Mary's hospital, and will apply there.
    Thank You again for ALL of YOUR helpful hints!!!
    Cheers and Good Luck to all in your career search!
  5. by   EmilyLucille523
    1.what kind of floor are you working on? progressive coronary unit

    2.where are you from? originally from ia, got job in nc

    3.how did you get that job?
    --did you have connections?
    work there previously, application process, follow-up process, interview tips, anything at all would be helpful. well, i started about a year ago sending e-mails and filling out applications on-line but was told over and over again that they had already hired hundreds of new grads and did not have anymore openings.
    however, i recently lost my home to a flood in ia. so i re-emailed everyone that i had applied before in nc and asked if i could at least can an intro interview for any future possible openings. only 3 applied positively.
    when i arrived in nc, 2 out of the 3 backed out. i had only 1 interview with a nurse recruiter. i talked about myself, told her my story, showed her the newspaper with my family's story about the flood, and showed her my portfolio. she then took me to meet the nursing director of the pcu floor (i told her i loved telemetry) and she introduced me to their staff. i made sure to make casual conversation with everyone including the new grads that were still in their preceptorship.
    the next day i got a call stating that they were impressed with me so much and i was such a strong candidate that they wanted me to have a clinical interview. during that interview i got asked a lot of patient scenario questions. showed my portfolio again and made sure to let them know that i was serious about this position.
    they were impressed again and the next day got the job offer for full-time pcu position.
    i feel blessed and thank god for the opportunity. all i can say is brush up on clinical questions (exp. what would you do if you had a heparin drip order and you felt it was wrong? how would you document a dressing change?) and make sure to have a portfolio because they all really appreciated seeing my accomplishments (and make sure you say it's not about how wonderful you are but that it shows how determined you can be).

    good luck and hope this helps!

  6. by   OrthoRN09
    Quote from Angel@MyTable
    Thank You for starting this thread!
    I am a 3rd semester nursing student (graduate May 2010) and was fretting over getting a job in this terrible economy!
    I got some very helpful hints (thanks to all for providing)
    1. I will start applying in December.
    2. I will apply far and wide (beginning with my hometown of Minneapolis/St.Paul) and plan on applying in areas comparable in cost of living (Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, Illinois, etc)!
    3. I will apply at the facilities I have completed clinical and my preceptor/internship at. I feel fortunate I live in an area with 2 level 1 trauma facilities Regions and HCMC (I did clinicals at Regions), and a HUGE VA hospital in Minneapolis. I also have a friend who is a retired nurse and she has connections with HR at Regions. A little further south in Rochester MN, we have Mayo clinic/St. Mary's hospital, and will apply there.
    Thank You again for ALL of YOUR helpful hints!!!
    Cheers and Good Luck to all in your career search!
    I wish you luck on your job search. I don't mean to be discouraging, but none of the hospitals you mentioned are currently hiring. There may be a few positions at each place, but they typically require years of experience. Hopefully, the job market will open up soon. I graduated in December 2008 and was LUCKY to find a job (at one of the hospitals you mentioned....currently has a hiring freeze). But there are many of my classmates who still have not found a job.
  7. by   bodz01
    this is very helpful... especially for those who are desperately going through the new grad process just like myself. thank you so much!
  8. by   SouthernComfort31
    Med-Surg
    From MA, work in MO

    I think I made a great impression on the hiring manager with my grades, interview etiquette, and passion for the position. But I'm sure every other candidate did too. What may have helped for me, was that I knew someone in the organization. She wasn't the hiring manager, but may have put in a good word for me with the manager.

    I met this contact randomly at a church I was visiting for the first time one weekend and happened to drop in casual conversation that I was looking for a job at her hospital. We stayed in touch over the next 5 months and I kept her updated with my progress of trying to get interviews through the recruiter.

    All this to say that you shouldn't be ashamed: tell everyone you know and come into contact with that you are looking for a job. You never know who they are or where they work and they may be able to put in one good word for you.
    Last edit by SouthernComfort31 on Oct 8, '09 : Reason: update
  9. by   caringtouch
    I'm a recent LPN grad. Not RN, but thought I would respond as well (if that's okay).

    1. I'm working for Hospice (got the job offer today)

    2. I'm from Florida

    3. I sent an email to the clinical recruiter and told her that I have always wanted to work for Hospice and that when I entered nursing school it was with the goal of working for them one day. I got an email back asking me to fill out their online application. I didn't hear anything for a few days and thought "oh well, they must not have been interested." A few days later I got a call for an interview. That interview lasted over an hour and a half and I met with several people that day. This morning I got the job offer. I am very happy that I will be working for a company that I have always wanted to work with doing what I feel I am called to do. Best of luck to you!
  10. by   fiveofpeep
    1.what kind of floor are you working on? icu

    2.where are you from? southern california

    3.how did you get that job? i interned there, worked really hard on my resume, practiced for the interview, followed through, showed my passion. ive been applying all over the country and have gotten a couple other responses too. i think the best thing to do is be very very very prepared. immerse yourself in everything that is resume making, job finding, interviewing, and related to the unit/hospital. and dont be afraid to show your passion


    good luck to all and god bless
  11. by   proudtobeRN777
    i haven't received my license yet,but my name is on CA BON website. when shoul i start applying for jobs
  12. by   k.morris
    Now!, they can look up your license and see its number and that it is real. Goodluck and start applying now, you can put your license number in your applications that is located on the BON website, YOUR SET!!

    GOODLUCK!
  13. by   proudtobeRN777
    i applied for 3 jobs and got 'not selected' from all 3 of them

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