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AnnieOaklyRN is a BSN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in ED, Pedi Vasc access, Paramedic serving 6 towns.

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Hi all,

I have been on the job hunt for a while now, looking for pediatric and NICU positions.

Well the hospital I work for just posted a per-diem pediatric position which I would love, as I am in the same hospital's ED working per-diem, but I LOVE caring for children, but I have had enough of ED nursing an am ready to move on!

Anywho... I emailed the nurse manager of the unit and am suppose to meet with her next week "informally", do you think I should still dress up as if it was an interview? Or would nicer slacks and non-sneakers be ok? I have to go get my flu shot, TB Test, and fit test before I meet her :nailbiting: so I may be in tears... :eek: Thanks

HPRN

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essT has 5 years experience and specializes in NICU.

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I would dress my best. I think that any contact with a potential employer should be treated as an interview. You're a professional, an enthusiastic candidate, and can present yourself as such!

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duskyjewel specializes in hospice.

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Dress for the job you want, not the one you have. It's been a saying for so long because it's true and it works.

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VivaLasViejas has 20 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych.

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I agree. It never hurts to dress up in a conservative, classic suit or dress with sensible, low-heeled shoes. If your hair is long, put it up or tie it back. Go light on the makeup and perfume. And good luck!

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heartnursing specializes in Pediatric Critical Care.

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I would still dress as if it was a formal interview for sure.

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RNNPICU has 13 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in PICU.

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As others have stated dress for success. It demonstrates that you are serious and are interested. At least in the job search market, anytime it is"informal" they are still looking at you and how you present yourself.

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AnnieOaklyRN is a BSN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in ED, Pedi Vasc access, Paramedic serving 6 towns.

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Ok thanks everyone!

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sallyrnrrt is a ADN, RN and specializes in critical care, ER,ICU, CVSURG, CCU.

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best of luck to you !

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xoemmylouox has 13 years experience as a ASN, RN.

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I agree that I would dress up for this "informal" meeting. You never know where this might go. Good luck & best wishes!

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I would have 2 basic dresses that are your go to interview outfits. They are easy, comfortable, and you can dress them way up or just a little. If you wear it with a jacket or a cardigan, it can slip off for your injection.

I remember that one of the nicest things my former DON told me is that she was so touched that I dressed up to meet with her. To her, it was a sign of respect, and that I was serious about the meeting, and my goals.

So when in doubt, always dress up. Then, since you are dressed up anyways, meet a girlfriend for lunch after. Best wishes, and let us know how it goes!

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mappers specializes in Med/Surg/Tele/Onc.

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Dress for the job you want, not the one you have. It's been a saying for so long because it's true and it works.

So she should dress in Sesame Street scrubs??? She wants a job in peds.

I think she should dress professionally in slacks with a jacket or a suit.

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BuckyBadgerRN has 4 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in HH, Peds, Rehab, Clinical.

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In ANY situation, I'd rather be a little over dressed rather than underdressed--I'm talking social situations, open house at school, when I fly, etc. You will never find me at the grocery store in pajama pants =)

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