I have officially finished spring semester of nursing school. At this time next year I will be graduated from nursing school with my bachelors in nursing. I am excited, but also nervous at the same time. I do not feel at all prepared (nor do I expect to feel prepared since this is all new). As the summer is approaching I have been looking for career opportunities in the hospital as a nursing assistant. Several nursing students at the college I go have found nursing assistant jobs at local hospitals, however, I am struggling to find one. My problem is I waited too long because I was so determined I would get the externship I applied for. I went on three interviews and I really thought I would get a position. Unfortunately, I was a little over confident. Since I did not get the externship I have been applying for nursing assistant jobs day by day. I have not received any callbacks, so I am not sure what else to do. I really wanted to gain some experience in the medical field and I thought this was the best way to do so. It seems like a lot of the hospitals I have applied to don't leave a number I can call to check on the status of my application (another problem I am having). I am not sure if I should just continue to apply, or if I should call human resources..? I don't want to be annoying, but unsure of what else I should do. Any advice? Has anyone else experienced the same problem?
If you DO end up pursuing an LTC facility, keep in mind that your patient load may be higher and the skills you learn will be different that what you learn at a hospital. It's not to say it's not valuable, it's just different. If you have your heart set on working at a hospital, keep working at it! Over the course of several months, I applied for 18 different jobs at the hospital I currently work at as a CNA (and have for the last 2 years) and I didn't know ANYONE... knew LTC was definitely NOT for me and this was my dream hospital, so I didn't give up. Now I'll be joining their New Grad RN residency in July. Don't listen to people who say you have to "know" someone to get into the hospital because it isn't always true -- it can just make it easier. My advice is to keep working at it. Are you on good terms with ANYONE in the healthcare field? This world is rather small and people know each other. It can be a classmate, relative, friend, or your teachers and instructors. If you're not having any leads on your own, I recommend speaking to the people you have good connections with and seeing if you can get the name of a manager within a certain unit in the hospital. They can then pull your resume from HR. Also, if you have anything relevant to the job (I emphasized my customer service experience and how I can hold a conversation with anyone) put that out there and discuss it in the interview.
Also -- be sure the person recommending you can speak positively of you, and that they also have a good work ethic. It's not a guarantee at a job offer, but it helps you get in for an interview.
Last edit by laurbee on Jun 11