We do have a lot in common! I'm from Ohio and my first job was NICU, Children's Hospital, Dayton, OH.
I took 1RRRN's good advice and tried to speak with a hiring manager. The particular hospital system I wanted to apply to told me, basically..Ha! Apply online like everyone else.
My resume was scarey...no in house nursing experience for 15 years.
My cover letter made me realize how much I had done in my field and that I would be a very good hire as a PRN Nursery Nurse in this particular hospital. NB-Level III experience. Transports, taught Prenatal, Breast Feeding, Discharge classes, worked all socio-economic levels in Community, Children's, and Teaching Hospital. I thought I was a danged good hire. HA! 1RRRN is right, HR is not my friend. I made it through an online what would you do test before they told me they weren't considering me for the job. One of those Strongly Dislike, Dislike, No-Opinion, Like, Strongly Like tests that are so abstract. I wanted to type someplace..."Hey! I'm a grown woman, I know how to get along with my peer group and I will work my rear off for you when I'm on the clock." (well, if you look behind me, I'd have to work an awful lot of hours to work my rear off.)
Now I don't even know, why I'm not being considered for this job? I've never ever not gotten a nursing job that I've applied for. Is it because I'm 54? (I didn't put my birthday on resume but they do know when I graduated from college. I live in the South...Is it because I'm not fluent in Spanish? I am a good nurse, easy to work with, and loved my babies and their families. I'd like to say...THEIR