Dear Nurse Beth,
I am an ASN who is currently bridging to my MSN. I have completed my BSN work but will not be conferred a degree d/t bridging my program. I have had a somewhat odd nursing career since my graduation in 2014.
I have worked as a home and school nurse for medically fragile children, been a nurse supervisor for an abortion clinic, and am now working as a community health nurse for mom and baby. During my years in nursing school, I specialized in LDRP and had two rotations. The last floor I precepted with was not hiring at the time, but the manager referred me to another LDRP manager for a residency program that I was not chosen for.
My question is the following: I have been applying to LDRP and mom/baby positions since I graduated yet have not had any luck, even securing an interview. At this point as I am going for my APRN degree, I will not be going for a long term career in LDRP. However, I really feel like I would benefit from the experience and I also need to be able to secure a part-time position to allow myself enough time to do clinicals. I have had multiple nurses review my resume who say it is strong, yet I still cannot seem to even secure an interview. Any advice would be appreciated as I am at loss as to what I am doing wrong.
Dear What Am I Doing Wrong,
You may not be doing anything wrong but that doesn't mean you will land a interview.
The problem is, you are neither a new grad nor an experienced L&D nurse. A work history of working as a school nurse, clinic supervisor and community health nurse does not qualify you for L&D. By the same token, clinical rotations in school do not set you apart because all nursing students rotate through L&D.
In many areas, L&D positions are highly competitive. Applicants with acute care experience, a BSN, or even newly licensed nurses accepted into a residency may land the job over you.
When you graduated 4 years ago, your goal was to work L&D. Now your primary goal is to become an APRN not specializing in L&D. Focus on your current primary goal and move forward.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!