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Why is it so difficult to get hired into any specialty department? I have been a RN-BSN for over 3 years now and have had such a difficult time securing anything besides a Med-Surg interview while I see new grads getting L&D, ER, ICU, etc

September 1st, 2023

If the specialty unit is small they may not interview as many people and use the smallest thing to limit the pool of applicants. I’m pretty sure “new grad programs” are funded by some kind of grant or tax exempt, plus they are “young” and controllable.
Whatever specialty you want, focus on getting the certifications you need like ACLS, fetal monitoring, TCAR etc. Put key words like central line management, chest tube management, surgical experience, etc. on your resume. As an experienced NICU RN with BSN I have been eliminated as not having surgical experience 🤔 needless to say that will now be on my resume as I have managed my NICU pts in the OR and bedside surgical procedures.
Redo your resume and go somewhere that has cross training or a large specialty unit.

November 18th, 2023

Many hospitals have new grad residencies for those specialties. I did mine for the ED but it was a 9 month residency. If you’re applying to another hospital for these specialties, they may want experience in that field. It may be easier if you apply at your hospital to cross train in the specialty of choice.

September 21st, 2023


August 27th, 2023

Find a larger facility that has a nurse residency program for nurses new to those departments. We had an ED nurse residency program in Northern Virginia.

August 24th, 2023

there is a possibility that they are re-hiring the nurses who worked there before. Alot of nurses and NP's were pulled off their floors to work in covid units, Did you work during covid? The other possibility is because facilities are financially hurting, they are hiring new grads. Why? They don't get paid as much as you would have to get paid. Try a lateral move: like PACU or employee health or ambulatory. Go to the nursing management office and ask them where the openings are

August 24th, 2023

Transfer internally to her some experience. You ought to stay with the hospital for a lil while and check out the internal openings. Best way to get into a new niche

August 28th, 2023

you have to have been a cna or a unit secretary and finding something a duty in nursing care types to do like for example i am doing nursing informatics the informatics side is cyprtocurrency ledgers of accountancy and exporting and printing export e-digital paperwork but i was only allowed to provide dietary services for food through medical coding. But you had to have been associated with ANA to do a certification and get your certificate of certifications. Also, if you want to win as a saint for kingdom of god, they do accept and always accepting virtual medical professionals in nursing as nurses to win badges and certificate and pin awards maybe even service medals depending if you are a part of Kingdom of Oz for providing care and pick a citizenship be legal and take it to government. That is what I did and i retired fully.

August 27th, 2023

Having BSN has nothing to do when it comes to critical thinking at bedside. ER, ICU and other Critical Units need nurses with critical thinking and experience. and sometimes it is better to train a new grad to those Critical Units and the rational for that is those fresh out of school have that fresh memories of the Education unlike someone potentially with BNS and spend few years in Nursing field that doest require skills nore critical thinking. this where it comes Med Surge, they want to see you Nursing skills and rationals, if you handle MS then you Move on to TELE or ICU usually TELE then ICU