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    Hi all!!

    I currently am a critical care nurse and am seeking to transition to the operating room for personal fulfillment and professional growth. I just have a few questions for my fellow OR nurses to help my career seeking journey! I will be posting my cover letter and am seeking for someone to critique it? Ill be posting that after I provide a little background on my experience and why I want the OR.

    ~2 years at a level I trauma teaching hospital in the Medical ICU. This hospital followed the all-rn model which provided me with EXCEPTIONAL time management skills AKA I got my butt kicked. The hospital did not have a tube system, did not have CNA's did not have clerks. Meaning we all were running around helping each other like chickens with out heads the entire 12 hours. Definitely made me an awesome team player.

    I then did travel nursing for roughly 20 months. I took 3 assignments.
    1st assignment- small community hospital in Washington tele/ICU integrated so i would have ICU patients sometimes or tele patients sometimes. Complete opposite of my last job AMAZING SUPPORT. nurses would come in an relieve us for hour lunch breaks. free charge ALWAYS, resource nurse ALWAYS, CRITICAL CARE TRANSPORT -- WHAAAT. seriously I was there for 8 months and NEVER went to MRI or CT scan or brought my patient ANYWHERE.
    -2nd assignment - LARGE LARGE LARGE teaching hospital level 1 trauma. (1,600 bed hospital) - I was in the critical care float pool, I floated to all 15 critical care unites ( 7 ICU and 8 step down). Learned a lot, definitely had to work on my people skills, this was in new england where people were not friends and it was permanent nights. stayed here for 4 months.
    -3rd assignment level 1 trauma teaching hospital large. in the neurosurgical icu - developed strong neuro assessment skills. enhanced my knowledge of neurological diseases. semi support/semi undertstaffed. not supported as well as my first travel assignment but not as bad as my first nursing job stayed there for 8 months.

    I am longing a permanent staff job. I currently work per diem in the critical care float pool at my current job which is part of the health system of where I want to land a job in the OR. The health system i am applying for the OR position is VERY VERY VERY competitive. you pretty much need to know someone to even be considered for an interview. I have been working full time hours even though i am considered per diem. My manager is aware that I am seeking to transition in the OR and i do not want to take a permanent staff position because of my desire to go into the OR.

    I spoke with recruiters for the healthcare system over the summer and they informed me that a job for the program to get into the OR will be posted in september. I wrote a cover letter to be prepared for when i do see the job get posted. And am seeking advice on it. here is my cover letter: (BTW i do know the recruiters name and will most likely email her my cover letter and resume when it is posted)

    Dear _,

    I am excited to see that there is an opportunity to transition from Critical Care to Operating Room through the Perioperative Program at BLANK. Since we last spoke, I sought out the opportunity and shadowed at BLANK. Shadowing confirmed that I would be a perfect fit for the Operating Room at BLANK.

    My previous experience has prepared me to succeed as a part of Operating Room team. Currently, I have nearly 4 years of critical care experience. The Medical ICU at BLANK is where I established a foundation of essential nursing skills such as:

    • -Excellent time management as a result of providing care via the all-RN model.
    • -Proficient leadership developed through charge nurse and preceptor role.
    • -Exceptional team player provoked by the need to work together to yield successful patient outcomes.

    Additionally, I have worked as a travel nurse for greater than 18 months. Travel nursing has allowed me to enhance my skills that would maintain success in the Operating Room. These skills consisted of:

    • -Adaptable and flexible as shown by success with frequently changing environments, co-workers, patient populations, policies and procedures.
    • - Enhanced communication skills by exposure to a variety of cultures and personalities.

    I bring to the table solid a foundation in nursing shown by my experience as well as a strong desire to be a long-term assist in the Operating Room at BLANK. If you have any questions regarding my work ethic and character please feel free to reach out to my current manager Mrs. BLANK by phone at 123-456-7890 or E-mail at I thank you so much for time and I look forward to meeting with you in the future!


    - getting burnt out from the bedside, families, baths, etc.
    - better shift hours
    - OT/on call opportunity for more money
    - very instant gratification, i would love the idea of a patient coming in with a problem, assisting with the problem and the patient leaving with the problem correct.
    - adrenaline junkie - hoping to possibly get into emergent surgery specialty that deals with traumas.
    - LOVES fast pace environment
    - eventually and im talking maybe 7 years from now when i have children and am married i would love to get into a same day surgery center (for the cushiness) and work part time, the schedule would be great with school aged children and from what i have learned its a pretty stress free environment.

    I am shadowing in the OR but that is not until 2 weeks. I am assuming that I will love it and wrote my cover letter with the thought that i will love it. I did enjoy it the few hours i spent in the OR during nursing school.



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    Also, I do have a BSN, if that helps.

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    Hi to all my fellow nurses that can hopefully answer my questions!

    I am looking to move across the us and need help figuring out what my best options are.

    My name is Amber and I currently work as an RN in a Philadelphia magnet hospital in the progressive care unit. Me and my boyfriend are relocating to Oregon due to an interest we have in the state. We have not decided exactly where exactly in Oregon we are going to move to. I am hoping starting this thread will help me decide. I currently working the progressive care unit and have been since May 2014. In March 2015, I am moving to the Medical ICU at my facility. I plan to work in the ICU until our move which will be in July of 2016. Thus, giving me a total of 2 years ICU experience by time I move.

    When I make the transition to Oregon, I would like to stay in critical care. I always had an interest to become a NICU nurse. But, I would be interested in any ICU. I am looking to move somewhere in Oregon that has great hospitals and is close to a lot of nature sites with in a populated city/town that has a nightlife. (I will be 25 years old at the time of the move)

    So.. my questions are: Which area in Oregon has the best medical facilities with in a city/town that suites my interest? How competitive is nursing in oregon? How early in advance should I start applying? How much do nurses make in Oregon?

    I hope someone could help answer my questions! If anyone has questions about nursing in philly. I could answer as best as I can.



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    Last week I decided to drop an Easter Basket off at the unit with a thank you card attached. The following morning I got a phone call offering me the job. On friday I went and signed the paperwork to make it official! Officially a new PCU nurse!

    Happy easter all!!

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    Is it bad that I didn't ask to stay longer? I tried to help as much as I could but they told me that I'm not allowed to do anything but observe.

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    Just got out of shadowing earlier. I shadowed from 7-1030am. The nurse director asked me what I thought and if I had any questions. I told her I loved the acuity of the patients and the business of the unit and how they followed the all RN format and there was no CNAS. I asked if given the opportunity of employment how orientstion would go. I also asked how long to expect to hear and she said she s had more interviews and more shadows to do this and next week. Is this not a good sign??? Everyone I talked to who shadowed said that everyone who shadowed said the found out that day if they got the job. Also everyone all the nurses were congratulating me while I was shadowing knowing that I was only shadowing. Ugh anyone else experience anything like this or heard
    of this happening? I would be devastated if I didn't get the job cause I truly enjoyed the unit and the staff so much!

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    Thank you! I'm so excited the unit is the PCU so I know I'm gonna have a ton of questions to ask. I'll update if I got the job!


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    Hello Fellow Nurses!

    I am so discouraged on my job hunt as a new nurse. 6 interviews so far and 5 of them "went to pursue other candidates" (1 of the jobs is currently pending since the interview was today!) I felt like it went really well. I really prepared for this interview. This past week I googled and researched everything and anything about this hospital such as why and how it was started, all their committees, national rankings, memorized their mission statement, vision, etc. I was so prepared collecting all the questions i was asked previous along with other questions I googled and practiced my answers over and over on my hour commute to the hospital this morning. The nurse manager asked me 5 simple questions such as why did I become a nurse? So the 5th questions goes boom -- "So would you be interested in coming in and shadowing this week?" Of course I said yes! Then she continued on to tell me about herself and the unit. The interviewed lasted roughly 15 minutes, then I was out of there!

    SO my question is..

    How likely is it that I got the job? Im nervous since we only spoke for 15 minutes that she really didnt get a feel for me and just is interviewing multiple people and having multiple canidates coming in to shadow?

    It sounds like she is having more than one person shadow cause she also told me that her nursing staff is going to be looking for signs to see if I am a good fit for their unit.

    Any suggestions on what I should bring, what questions to ask, and any other advice you could give during my few hours of shadowing.

    Also, can fellow nurses tell me about their shadow experience (if they got the job when they shadowing and what questions and stuff they asked during their shadow)

    Please help me out!

    Zour RN XOXO