No return call from nurse manager, should I keep calling?

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I've left two voicemails so far to the nurse manager in charge of the floor I am trying to apply a job at. HR already sent my application almost a month and a half ago and that is when I placed my first voicemail before I went on my 3-week vacation. I called again when I got back, but found out she won't be in until June 1. No return call yet. Should I keep on calling? or is this a sign she doesn't want to hire me? I really want this job (its med/surg).

NeoNurseTX, RN

1,803 Posts

Specializes in NICU Level III.

So she JUST got back June 1? She probably has a ton of calls to return and things to tend to..give her a few days.

pinkiepie_RN

998 Posts

Specializes in General adult inpatient psychiatry.

Wait, did you interview for a position or are you trying to schedule an interview with the NM?

ARRR10

87 Posts

I already called HR a month and a half ago to see if they sent my application to the nurse manager and it was sent. I just wanted to check the status of my application and see if I have an interview for the job. I left 4 voicemails already and still no call. Should I just give up or keep calling? I graduated back in August '08 and got my license in November '08. Could it be that I am unmarketable now?

Cherybaby

385 Posts

Specializes in Derm/Wound Care/OP Surgery/LTC.

I would leave it alone for a week. She undoubtably will get your voicemails. However, if she just got back from vacation...well, priorities. Unfortunately, you may not be one of them. Just sit tight and give a call again next week.

Keep looking while you are waiting.

ARRR10

87 Posts

What's odd is that I left a voicemail back in the last week of April '09 while she was still in. I thought it would be easy to land a job on the unit I am applying for (It's med/surg and I had my preceptorship on that unit), but now things are looking a bit grim.

pinkiepie_RN

998 Posts

Specializes in General adult inpatient psychiatry.

I would certainly hope the NM understands what you're calling in reference to by the end of the first voice mail. I think multiple voicemails is overkill and your best bet is to either call and talk to her when she's at her desk or pay a visit. It may not even have anything to do with you...she may still be working on the budget that includes hiring new grads. Is this the only job you're interested in/applying for?

Having been a nurse manage in the past, STOP calling. Nothing was more annoying than having multiple calls from people wanting a job. HR forwarded your app, if the manager is interested, she will call.

Sorry to be so blunt.

ARRR10

87 Posts

Reason why I badly want this position is because the staff on the floor there are a lot more friendlier to new graduates than the other hospitals (only three major hospitals in my city {I live in Alaska}). It's nice to hear from a nurse manager's point of view and yeah I think it is time to stop calling about the job and to look elsewhere. I'm just hoping its not too late to find a job.

Specializes in ICU.
Having been a nurse manage in the past, STOP calling. Nothing was more annoying than having multiple calls from people wanting a job. HR forwarded your app, if the manager is interested, she will call.

Sorry to be so blunt.

Apparently, the 2009 nursing job-search world is very different from the early 1980s engineering job-search world. Back then, if you took the time to send in a resume/application, you'd at least get a rejection letter.

After searching 3 months for my first job as a newbie RN, I've received ZERO rejection letters, maybe 2-3 rejection emails, a whole bunch of non-responses, three sets of interviews, plus one job offer (accepted, starting 7/6/09).

Maybe it's just me, but it seems darn rude for employers to say that they're accepting applications, then just freakin' IGNORE people applying for the job. Poor communication, zero feedback.

Is this the standard for the nursing industry nowadays?

caliotter3

38,333 Posts

I also come from a different era. I would know one way or the other on anything. If you didn't make the cut, you would get a rejection letter, even if only a copied form letter. Better than the guessing game that goes on today.

jjdennis1279

15 Posts

I also come from a different era. I would know one way or the other on anything. If you didn't make the cut, you would get a rejection letter, even if only a copied form letter. Better than the guessing game that goes on today.

I've noticed that rejection emails are becoming more common place.

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