#Week3. Tip for the New Grad RN: Don’t Be Picky or Settle.

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Happy MLK weekend everyone! Another year, another batch of NCLEX takers are upon us. Soon, you will all be board-certified bad mother-ducklings! Time to get out those resumes, those CVs! Time to get yourself that sharp looking interview attire!

TIME TO GET YOUR BUTTS HANDED TO YOU WITH LONG CALL BACK WAITS!

or worse…REJECTIONS!

…but it doesn’t have to be.

Now, I’m not speaking for all here. But, I’d like to think I’m reaching out to a hand full of new grads; not to mention the ideas could be transferrable to any professional field. There are plenty of nursing jobs out there. However, some might not be in the field that you want. Generally speaking, I’m sure many of you get so excited thinking about taking that next step in the ER, ICU, OBGYN/PEDS, SURGERY. Trust me. I was once in your shoes too.

To be real, sometimes, it’s even hard for experienced nurses to get the jobs that they want. I’ve heard stories of highly trained ICU nurses, not getting into ER jobs; or vise versa. Again, I’m not speaking for all here. We all hate that one nurse, who can’t find an anus, even if it was their own. Or the nurse who got hired either because the unit was so overly desperate or they’re some kind of cousin to the boss.

Now, I say this. It’s truly all in the way you see things, your approach/perspectives, and most importantly your priorities. I once heard a story of a new grad going through 6 months of applying, just to finally get into the ER. Luckily for him, he was living at home with mommy. But, many just don’t have that luxury; to be cute, sitting at mommy’s house, in your pajamas, watching reruns of Grey’s Anatomy, eating ice cream with a big spoon, waiting for a call back. There are freaking bills to pay and children to feed! This is America Jack! No time to get fancy with it!

Even further, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet a few hiring managers in my professional career. After asking them what they truly look for when they take someone on, they all pretty much say the same thing…“I want someone on the unit who is confident in themselves. Someone who I know will be a good fit for the team and can do their job.” For example, you can’t label yourself as “proficient” in IVs, after just a semester long in a Med-Surg rotation. You still had someone holding your hand, during that time for Christ sake. I’d like to know that you can nail an IV bag every time, especially in a serious situation.

Let’s be real here, in the real world, no one is holding your hand. Keep telling yourself that “the Director of Nursing said they will always be there, when I need them.” #LOL. Good luck with that dude. I haven’t seen my DON the second I step on the floor. Administrators, State, and patient advocates are just looking for reasons to get rid of you.

Even further still, you can’t just apply for the ICU/ER without getting your ACLS/PALS first. Wouldn’t you think that’s important? Nor can you just tell a hiring manager, “I’m in the process of getting it.” It’s either you have it or you don’t. If you don’t, you’re completely #useless…#useless. 

So, screw your pride and entitled self. There’s no shame in getting your feet wet first. And if someone does look down on you, give them the bird. No seriously. Give them the bird with both hands and feet (if you can). Many of the great nurses that I know, those who truly know their stuff and can do it all without waiting for someone to guide them, are the ones who have started out in places like a skilled-nursing facility. Sure the pay might be smaller, and much more stressful, but I’d take them on in the ICU/ER any day. Want to know why there’s such a high turn over rate in places like those? It’s because hospitals and other big time places are scooping them up like crazy. Though, I can’t speak for all here because some nurses…are just…#useless. #sigh. #LOL.

Last, but not least, being able to take whatever comes on your plate really defines you as a person. It shows that you’re not lazy. It shows you’re willing and able. And more importantly, it builds professional character. There’s also the idea of getting your first job and then settling. Don’t ever settle. If you’re on a Med-Surg floor, but always wanted to get into the ICU, keep at it! Set goals! Keep working on getting certifications, volunteer/shadow if you have to. #workhard #educateyourself #keepontrying #higherground

Cheers,

SV.

Happy MLK Weekend! 🙂

Great Quotes from Dr. King

 

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

 

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”

 

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

Author: nursesarereal

My nursing professor once said that keeping a journal, over time, will allow me to see growth. In myself? I’m not sure yet. I’m hoping. I like to believe that nursing school saved my life. Maybe I’ll have some fun doing this. Cheers.

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