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  1. To be perfectly honest, today's job market still remains rather dismal in many parts of the U.S. several years after the Great Recession officially ended. The employment market for newly graduated nurses has certainly been affected by the national economic situation in many regions, and in some extreme cases, there are new grads who have been unable to land that very first nursing position after more than one year of steady job seeking. Being chronically unemployed or underemployed can strike a blow to the self esteem of even the most confident new nurse out there. In fact, it is actually somewhat normal for one's self esteem to drop during periods of unemployment. After all, you took the right steps to improve your lot in life by going to school, maintaining your grades, pursuing job training in a field that was supposed to have been in demand, and otherwise busting your tail to get this hard-earned education. You want to work so badly after all of your hard work, but the prized first job seems to be so elusive. Times are so discouraging to so many nurses right now. I urge you to never lose sight of your goals and dreams, no matter how disheartening your situation may become. You are a capable, intelligent, and competent person, because one definitely needs to be smart in order to graduate from nursing school and pass the state boards for licensure as a nurse. You have a passion for helping patients, learning new things, and pursuing the things that you set out to do. You have done the right things up to this point. Never lose your passion. Never lose sight of your ultimate goal of finding that all-important job. Always remember that unemployment does not own you or define you. Your accomplishments and personality define you. You are somebody. Keep trying to persevere in everything that you set out to do, even if you fail to receive a call for an interview after submitting the umpteenth job application. For every setback, dust yourself off and try again. You never know, because your next attempt might result in something very promising. Do not give up; you've come too far. I know that you've probably heard this before, but I'll mention it again. Attitude is everything! Maintain a positive attitude against all odds, even when life seems to be throwing negative curve balls in your direction. Positivity is infectious and passion can be sensed from a mile away. Your mind is your greatest asset. Although the current employment market for new nurses is not the greatest in many cities and states, keep in mind that opportunities do exist in the midst of the fierce competition. Whatever you do, please do not ever stop believing in yourself. These are my concluding words to the new nurses out there who are struggling with unemployment: keep your heads up, and don't ever lose that spark.
  2. ijuanabhappy

    Urine drug test too dilute??!!

    I have been stressed out all week when I have done nothing wrong. I had a pre-employment urine drug screen on Monday. I have taken plenty of urine drug screens with nursing school and jobs, etc. No problems- ever. I do not do drugs. I take a prescribed anti-anxiety medication but that is it and that is prn-- haven't taken it in over a week or so. Well I went to the lab around 4pm in the afternoon on Monday. I do drink a lot of bottled water. I must have had too much water that day without realizing it. I also don't recall eating that much on that day. Any way, my specimen came out clear! The lab specimen collector told me that this would probably be rejected on the basis of being "too dilute". This has never happened to me before. But I have to admit, I,too, have never seen my urine so clear! I still haven't heard from anybody on results or retesting. I have been googling "dilute urine" specimens because this has never happened to me. It seems like people think you tried to fool the test if you drink too much water. I wish I had thought about this and I would have laid off the water!! The next day I called the lab to find out if I needed to retest or was my specimen rejected. They said results were sent to employer but couldn't tell me anything else. I want to check with employer to make sure all is okay because I am supposed to go out of town to training this weekend for this new job... I need to know now if I need to go retest asap. I'm just scared to call employer because I don't want to sound suspicious for something I have not done! I'm driving myself crazy over this. Will clear urine show a creatinine level? Or if I drank too much water will it result in a failed test? Help, what do I do??!!
  3. The employment market seemed to have changed for the worse soon after the financial meltdown of 2008. Ever since then, I have noticed that many job postings and 'help wanted' ads have changed insidiously by utilizing a different tone and making implicit demands of potential applicants. To be perfectly blunt, the wording used in many of today's 'help wanted' ads sometimes carries hints of thinly disguised ageism. Although the corporations and human resources personnel who create the job postings are not being explicit about their demands due to forced compliance with equal opportunity employment laws, the phraseology that they use can tell the reader an entire story if one carefully reads between the lines. Keep reading for some examples of buzz words and phrases that give hints. "Young home health agency seeks vibrant, energetic talent!" The writer of the job posting is not directly indicating his or her desire, but he or she is secretly hoping that the catchy phrase attracts a younger group of applicants. This type of 'help wanted' ad is based on the horrible stereotype that older nurses and healthcare workers lack energy and tend to be not as motivated or vibrant when compared to their younger colleagues. "We're seeking a fun-loving staff!" Judging by the choice of words, the person who wrote the job posting is still using that horrid stereotype as a feeble attempt to secretly attract younger applicants. Again, they have concluded that older candidates are not as energetic, vibrant, or fun-loving as their more youthful counterparts. "2 to 3 years of experience required!" "3 to 5 years of experience a must!" Many companies that make these types of experiential demands are looking for something very specific. The person who wrote the 'help wanted' ad is not looking for a new graduate, because they would have openly advertised that no experience was necessary. In addition, companies who use this wording are not seeking very experienced (a.k.a. older) applicants, either. Think about it. We seldom see job postings that require 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 years of experience. However, requests for '2 to 3 years of experience' or '3 to 5 years of experience' are as common as weeds in an overgrown field. Companies that use this phrase truly are looking for candidates who have 3 to 5 years of experience. From their perspective, the average college-educated professional who has amassed 3 to 5 years of experience in a certain field is probably going to be in his or her mid 20s to early 30s if this happens to be the applicant's very first career. Unfortunately, mid 20s to early 30s tends to be the desired recruitment age range for many workplaces that are looking to hire. A handful of hiring managers might be disappointed if the 56-year-old second career nurse who has 3 to 5 years of nursing experience applies for the job because he/she is far older than the age range they desired when they posted the job opening. However, light exists at the end of the tunnel. Many companies avoid these borderline ageist job postings altogether. Some corporations even hire a certain number of 'older' applicants on purpose. For example, I worked for a Fortune 500 company for three years, and all of the occupational health nurses appeared to be well over the age of 50. In addition, one of the human resources managers revealed that they look to hire 'older' employees to avoid potential litigation.
  4. MPKH

    Dear New Grads

    I want to let you know that no matter how bleak the job market looks right now, how many "no"s and rejections you get in your job search, how badly you bombed interviews, it does get better. Even if you were terminated from that first job, things do get better. I was in your shoes a year ago. I graduated from a university nursing program situated in the city that I grew up in and started my job search after I passed my nursing licensing exam. I sent out applications after applications to local hospitals and clinics; anywhere that might hire nurses. When all I receive was silence, I started applying to areas in my province outside my city...again, nobody replied to me. I tried talking to managers in person, making cold calls (both to HR and managers), asking friends who are working for referrals, but none of that turned into an interview, never mind job offers. I tweaked my resume and cover letter, had both editted, and practiced interviews with friends...and tried the applications again. Still nothing. By this time, much of the summer had gone, and student loan repayment start date was approching. So I decided to branch my job search out, to the province next to mine. At this point in time, I wanted a job, and if that meant going out of my city, then I will do that. I had figured that someone, somewhere, must need a newly minted nurse, and my job is to find that employer. And I did find that somone, and the somewhere was a rural town in the province next door. I was born and raised as a city girl, and knew absolutely nothing about rural life or nursing. And I was a bit hesitant in accepting the job offer, being away from the city scene, but I needed a job. And getting a job was more pressing than living a city girl life...that and I figured once I have some experience, I can get a job in the city. And so, I began my nursing career. Like many new grads, I had trouble trasitioning from a student to a fully independent nurse. I did not do well in my first job, and was let go after a month. That was devastating. I reflected on what led to me being let go, and I planned ways to improve myself at my next job. I found a job in another rural town, and vowed to make the job my "ticket" to a city job. I applied myself at work, improved on my weakness, and honed my skills. I took every available opportunities to learn new things at work, asking others for help, and taking the initiative to be responsible for my personal growth as a RN. I made a conscious effort to get along with my coworkers, to get to know each doctor, and each member of the wider healthcare team. I took constructive criticisms from coworkers seriously, and took praises from my manager humbly. I wanted to make good on my promise to myself. And I did. I receive "The Call" yesterday, and have accepted a full time position in one of the metropolitan cities in the province. The journey to get there wasn't smooth sailing, but I learned a lot along the way. And I think that made me a better nurse. So new grads, chin up. You may have to make some sacrifices to get to where you want to be, but the journey is well worth it. You will be successful, and you will be great nurses! Don't ever give up hope! Someone, somewhere, is waiting for you to apply...go get 'em!
  5. Unemployed healthcare workers who are desperate for work might fall victim to phony job postings that take full advantage of their vulnerable situations. Even though some of these scams have existed for many years, the sluggish national economy has been the driving force that has led an increasing number of reasonably intelligent people to respond to questionable employment advertisements. Unfortunately, people who fall victim to employment scams often find themselves in even more precarious financial situations. After all, they've most likely lost some money through the scheme. In addition, the con artists who perpetrate these fraudulent acts are usually able to extract just enough personal information from their victims to commit identity fraud. Many individuals are being suckered into advance fee fraud schemes. Advance fee fraud is a scam in which con artists convince job seekers to pay money 'in advance.' However, the payments never result in employment. For example, a newly graduated nurse responds to a job posting for a travel nursing position, provides personal information via email, and is 'hired' before anyone at the agency has even met her. The friendly people at the agency initially mail the new nurse an advance payment in the form of a cashiers check to cover fees for airline travel and housing, but they contact their 'new hire' shortly afterward and inform her that the position has been filled. They request that their money be returned through Western Union or in the form of a personal check or money order. The new nurse follows these instructions, but later discovers the cashiers check that the agency originally mailed her was fraudulent and the money she 'returned' to them is gone forever. Another fake job posting involves help-wanted ads for private duty CNAs, home health aides, personal sitters, and caregivers that baits readers with promises of competitive pay and the allure of caring for one client. The 'hiring manager' wants to schedule an interview as soon as possible, but will first need $100 for a background check as soon as possible in the form of a cashiers check, money order, or Western Union wire transfer. The person who does the hiring receives the money, but never contacts the job candidate again. Those work-at-home medical billing jobs that require applicants to pay upfront fees for start-up kits are also fake. These postings lead job seekers to believe that they'll earn good money by processing medical bills at home. While the telemarketers may provide lists of local doctors they say are interested in having their billing done by consumers, many times these doctors have not consented to have their information distributed, are not looking for outside help, or may need more skilled employees to complete this technical task (FTC, 2002). Employment scams usually have blaring red flags. If you spot one or more of these warning signs, do not respond to the job posting. All emails and job postings are riddled with spelling errors and poor grammar. The so-called employer is requesting that you wire money through Western Union. The so-called employer is requesting money upfront, before you do any work. The so-called employer demands social security numbers, bank account numbers, and other personal information over the telephone or through email communications. The only available contact information consists of a p.o. box address, a phone number with a long-distance area code, an email address, or a poorly-designed website. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Legitimate employers will never require you to pay them anything. Be suspicious if the pay rate is unusually high, and research the company. It always pays off to think twice before responding to job postings. Good luck, and do not fall victim to any of these scams. work-cited.txt
  6. Chicago

    I got a job!!!! BOO-YOW!

    I am cheeeesing!!! Because I am officially a nurse. That's right! No longer am I the licensed non-working individual. But I am not here to gloat or rub it in. I wanted to give some tips. They are kind of out-of-the-norm....Very stalker-ish even! Hopefully, these will help you as they did me. Fyi...Try to be discreet at certain times with a few of these rules. Happy hunting! Check out LinkedIn This website is not only a networking tool for individuals but for companies as well. You'd be surprised how many CEO's and directors of nursing are on that site. Stalker angle: many of the big heads keep their overall profiles anonymous. So you may see a title, but no name nor face. In order to override this. Look down to the bottom of the screen. There is a section called: people who viewed this profile, or something like that. Click on one of their names to see their profile. Once you do that, scroll back down again to the same section. The previous profile (that had no name) that you viewed will now appear with a name and (if, available) a picture. Also, cue in on the groups. Not only was I a member of nursing groups,I also became a member of a recruiter's network group. You get to read all the dirt, do's and don'ts. One recruiter was asking the group on how to do her background checks without contacting the previous jobs. Another was dogging out the interviewee. From their attire to their responses. Are you kidding me??? Why shouldn't we be in on this too???? And the best part....It's all free. Also, they have a jobseeker membership. For like $15/mo or so, they will brand your profile with a gold jobseeker icon. I never used it but this month they are offering a free 30-day trial to use it. So if I were you guys, i'd sign up just flipping because. Email Contact Once you've secretly (ha!) bagged your info, use that as your seller when emailing them. How do you do that, you ask? Easy! Go to the website of the company. Look up their contact us info. Somewhere on the overly detailed site, you should see a "@mycompany.org" listed. Most companies have the usernames as their first name. Lastname@mycompany.org. Use that to your advantage. Send an email using two versions. Ex. Janice.Kay@mycompany.org, or jkay@mycompany.org. Its bound to get to them. In your email. Give a brief introduction of yourself. Talk about how you'd be interested in working for their hospital etc etc, attach resume and hit send. The worst that could happen....It gets eaten by their spam folder, or self-deleted. The best...They wonder how in the heck you got their email and forwards your resume to their hiring manager after scrutinizing you by phone. If and when they call, they'll go through the motions and then hit you with that question. When they do ask, here's what you say: oh I was researching how blank hospital recently became a #1 stroke center, etc etc and saw your name and info. Make sure you let it roll off your tongue. Stalker angle: to score really good brownie points, research their name within the hospital's site and even Google them. I found a majority of my people had open facebook accounts, or were presenters at nursing conventions that I've attended. So for extra bit of measure, I threw in info that we had similarly in common. Works wonders!! Post Resume On Job Sites When you put a resume on job sites, i.e., Monster, CareerBuilder, indeed, etc., update your profile once a week. Just think millions of people like you and me are constantly on the look for jobs. These sites charge employers almost a couple thousand a year to post their ads (yes!!! I've checked. Try uploading an ad as an employer and see what their bill is). Then do you think they actually look at all those 1-500 of 5,000,000 profiles. Of course not! They shave the first 5-10 they see and logout from the rest. So if I upload my profile on Monday, and i'm #3. What's my spot come Thursday? #56,412??? So, once a week, go to your profile and do anything. Re-upload a resume, delete your number and re-add it, add another location to relocate to...Whatever. You make one change, you're automatically put back at the top of the list. I would upload my resume, and my phone wouldn't stop ringing. Then come Wed/Thurs...Silence. I was fooling around and updated something of little importance. All of a sudden, my phone's off the hook again. That's when I figured it out. I told two other friends to do the same, and it happened exactly. So stay on top of those job sites. Become A Super Stalker For those of you desperately wanting to get your dream unit job: icu, or, nicu, dialysis, etc etc. Look up all the possible hospitals/facilities you would like to work with. Call the main number and ask for that specific unit. When transferred, tell the clerk you would like to speak to the manager. (for 1st time calls, call around lunch time. Hopefully, they won't be in the office.) once transferred, hopefully you'll get to the voicemail--detailing their name and the extension you called. Let's say you get the name, but not the extension. Then call the operator and ask for Janice Kay's ext. Try to sound as if you already work there. Pipsqueak voices are not allowed! Or maybe you got the extension, but no name. In that case, call the unit back, not the operator. This time sound kind of bossy. Most people will rattle of the mgr's name thinking you have a complaint. And if you're really lucky, they'll offer to give the direct line. With that info in tow, refer back to #2. Send your strategy email, then you must double back with a phone call. Sometimes, hr is super slow on the hiring process. But the mgr can push them, especially when she sees your resume is just what she's looking for. Another hint: most nurse managers love new grads. Its the hr that's a blocker to us. Get in with them, and the table could turn in your favor. Make The HR Assistant/Secretary Your New BFF The job that I accepted was pretty much due to the hr secretary. I faxed my info over, waited a few days, and then called to confirm she got it. While she was looking to see, I could still hear her chatting to herself and I caught on that she didn't have a southern accent. So I played on that, and she let me know how she was an out-of-towner. After our 5 min conversation about how she adjusted and what brought her there (notice, I made the convo all about her!), I get a call from the chest pain coordinator the next day. Results: I tested my strategies out, starting from Jan 25th till Feb. 14th (offer acceptance date). Overall, in 3 1/2 weeks, I've had 6 interviews, 6 offers, and selected for 3 residency programs in 2 different cities. Yesterday, I got an email to set up a phone interview for today. All of them are looking for experienced nurses, but still were willing to see me because of my unique, savvy contacting techniques. I start march 14th. They gave me four weeks to relocate and such. And lets just say i'm verrrrrrrrrrrrryyyy appreciative of the pay. In closing, whether its who you know or not, 2.5 gpa vs 4.0, previous cna/tech/lpn experience or none, BSN or ADN, you've got to get out there and make something happen for yourself! Faxing in the good ol' resume just doesn't cut it anymore. Be proactive. I wish everyone of you the best in your endeavors. We all have worked hard just to get to this point, so its inevitable that our time will come. Some sooner than others. *doing my happy dance* boo-yow!!!!! *fist pump*
  7. Look at your RESUME!!! I've been reviewing resumes this May 2012 for open positions in my department and can't believe the resumes I've received: misspelling, words crossed off, no cover letter, including personal information about family life. Please don't send a resume if you have NONE of the job qualifications, unless your cover letter has explanation e.g. enrolled in education program etc. [Resume sample attached below] Also, agree with our members that calling facility and finding out who is department manager, then forwarding your resume to them along with HR is great idea. Facility Telephone Operators on second shift are great at helping me spell the name of Manager of 2nd floor Med Surg ...Telemetry or ICU unit "so I can respond to their voice mail with a thank you card." I work in a smaller organization than a hospital, but it has taken me over two months to get open positions advertised and three weeks to get resumes sent to me...those that are sent to me directly have interview scheduled the same week. When 300+ persons responded to ONE position online, I can't possibly screen that many candidate. HR is always overwhelmed with applicants to our online Kenexa job application program so quicker for me to review those applying for my occasional 1-2 open positions. Some online application programs have the ability to screen for key job words based on application summary or position description built into it. Visit: Job-Seeker's Glossary of Key Job-Hunting, Career, Job-Search, and Employment Terms Create your resume in a Word document using standard fonts (Times New Roman, Arial, Helvetica, with Century Old Style used most for business positions). PROOF READ two times before cut n' pasting material. Previous jobs should have language in past tense while current jobs have present tense used to describe work activities. If attaching a resume and cover letter, it is best to have file saved using your name and date so I can find it again if I download to my computer. Make sure your cover letter is for CORRECT FACILITY, not employer in the next state. (Yes, I received application for NJ hospital while I'm with a PA home care agency--quickest way to hit the recycle bin. Because I had an extra minute that day, I called RN and informed him of this error--before it hit deskside recycle bin.) 🙂 Acceptable examples Skywalker_Luke 5-20-12 Skywalker, L 05-20-2012 Skywalker, L Resume Not recommended my resume; updated resume L; ?X old style; lukes bio; peters bio (yet first name listed as Luke ????) With focus on facilities going to electronic medical records (EMR), don't forget to list "Computer skills" as heading after work experiences. Under computer skills, list those you have experience with, especially if at intermediate or advanced proficiency. You might want to include any computer course work taken. List any experience moderating websites, etc. All these skills are what facilities need and looking for today. Example As hiring manager, I look at length of time at positions and job progression along with experiences applicants state that would transfer to a healthcare environment. I'm always skeptical of someone changing jobs every 3-6 months without explanation in cover letter due to cost of hiring and training --need someone to be with me at least a year to recoup my investment in new employee. If job changes are due to working for temp agency, better to list temp agency as employer, then companies and skills obtained/utilized underneath that heading. Consider joining the most often used social media site for the business community: LinkedIn.com. As of March 31, 2012, LinkedIn operates the world's largest professional network on the Internet with 161 million members in over 200 countries and territories. Members post professional bios and resumes online, can connect with persons in similar positions, or reconnect with lost colleagues creating networks -- recruiters often search this site. You can look to see if anyone in your network is connected to someone who works at the company you're applying to. Depending on who the connections are, you could possibly: ask for background information on the job, ask for a proactive referral or introduction, or ask directly for an interview. This advice also applies to job postings within your health system. A college acquaintance I kept in touch with over the years as they ascended the Nursing ranks, called me out of the blue one day to discuss the posting for our Education Director as they had no home care experience. I knew they had taught in a BSN program, served as editor for a nursing publication, worked as Nursing Supervisor and with 20+ years nursing experience, were vastly qualified. As we chatted, told them about online home care CEU articles one could read and what this new position entailed. Next day, as I passed VP Patient Services in the hallway, mentioned phone call and recommended person's resume be looked at IF they applied. Three years later, they have totally transformed our home care education, developing a department with 5 educators! Network freely as a student and later in your career with your instructors, unit Nurse Managers, Preceptor's, colleagues, nursing assistants, house keepers and security guards--anyone you might know that works within a facility; You may someday need to contact them for the scoop on unposted jobs, reference letters or advice on facility "politics" as one tries to climb the nursing ladder. May the force be with you in creating an individualized resume and cover letter highlighting your skills to land the position YOU desire. For advice on interview skills, visit Nursing Interview Help Get Started AACN Brochure: What Nursing Grads Should Consider When Seeking Employment Resume Writing Resume Tips for Nurses Sample Resume for a Nurse Final Cut: Words to Strike from your Resume Cover Letters For The Resume The Basics of the Cover Letter: Vault Sample Cover Letters - a step-by-step guide of what goes on a cover letter done in the format of how the letter should appear. Tips For Submitting Online Applications How to Stand Out When Applying for Jobs Online Letters of Recommendation Asking for a Letter of Recommendation Writing a Letter of Recommendation nurse-resume-sample.docx