Happy National Nurses Week to all my nursing colleagues! And a very Happy Birthday to Florence Nightingale, born 191 years ago; May 12, 1820! She was 40 years old when she opened the nursing school at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London. It still exists.
The folks over at GIANTmicrobes are offering a free 5-7 inch plush GIANTmicrobe of choice to an Emergiblog reader in honor of National Nurses Week!
If you would like to be considered for the drawing, click the “Contact” button at the top of this page, and email me your name and snail-mail address. BE SURE TO PUT “GIANTMICROBE” IN THE SUBJECT LINE so that I will see it.
I’ll put all the names in my nursing cap (really!) and choose the winner by drawing. GIANTmicrobes will mail the little varmint directly to your house.
I actually had the one on the right, albeit in a more ’70s updated version (aka: shorter). Not very practical, but boy did we look good back in the day! Her cap is floppy, though. Too wide, too. Only a 6/10 for that.
I’m not just waiting. I’m trying to be proactive. It’s time to make some changes.
It’s time to get off of night shift.
And it’s time to leave the emergency department.
And both of these realizations are killing me.
Right now, I have the perfect ER job. So, admitting that I can no longer physically handle working night shift or thinking that I have reached the end of my career in emergency nursing feels like failure.
But, I need to take care of myself, right?
So it’s time to be proactive and take the next step, right?
Time to take a breath, take stock of my skills, brush up that CV/resume and go forward! After all, I have 32 years of strong nursing experience behind me (including a stint as a shift charge nurse), that wonderful BSN I’m so proud of (and an MSN program pending), stunning communication skills (if I say so myself) and gosh darn it, anyone would be lucky to have me!
I applied for jobs outside of acute care.
You know how new grads can’t find jobs because they all want experience, but they can’t get experience because they can’t get jobs?
Now I know how they feel.
I’m looking into working in case management. I’m smart, got the skills. Communication, check. Verbal, check. Written, check. Organized? Check. Able to priortize? Check. Self-starter? Check. Experience with acute care? Check.
Experience with utilization review, case management, managed care?
So I send in my resume anyway, along with a cover letter explaining my interest in case management, my skills and background and how they will translate over into this new (to me) field
No response. From anyone.
One company in particular looked absolutely fantastic. I’m talking perfection. As in “Kim, this was MADE FOR YOU!” I sent in my application. Followed it up with a cover letter directly to the manager of the Human Resources department.
No response. Followed it up with a follow up letter. No response.
Lather, rinse and repeat to three other employers.
And for the record? All those positions are still posted.
Now, I’m not saying that everyone should hire me. But what I am saying is that (a) there is no chance of making a first impression anymore and (b) where is the courtesy of at least making some contact with the applicant?
You can’t sell yourself anymore. There is no sitting with a manager or recruiter and discussing the job and what you may bring to it. You are just a screen on someone’s computer and if you don’t meet pre-determined criteria you are deleted. Without even the courtesy of a “thank you for applying, but…”
I’d make a hell of a case manager.
Right now, it doesn’t look like I’m going to get a chance to prove it.
Actually, one company did send a response. A form letter.
I applied for Charge Nurse in an ambulatory care clinic (dermatology) , at a company where clients “Thrive”. Got a form email that said I didn’t meet the minimum requirements. Well, the description said “willing to train” so I’m not sure what minimum requirement I missed.
I’ll never know because no one ever contacted me in person.
I’ve spent the last 32 years saving lives, but for some reason, they thought dermatology was more than I could handle.
Those must be some rashes!
Oh, by the way, after I posted that resume on Monster.com?
Welcome to the Angry Birds edition of that weekly compendium of medical blogosphere goodness, Grand Rounds! I’ve chosen my addiction du jour, Angry Birds, as the theme for my 7th turn as host.
For those who are not familiar, Angry Birds is a game in which Green Pigs steal Bird eggs, causing the Birds to become angry, start screeching and begin catapulting themselves from sling shots in an attempt to destroy the Pigs, who house themselves in various structures and giggle at the Birds.
Okay then! Let’s get started!
This picture of the Angry Birds characters, is actually a cake! I like it so much, I’m using it to illustrate this week’s “Editor’s Picks”. These are like my “Final Four”!
The Birds seem confused by the empty nest. Maybe they need to gather a bit more information (or look behind them). Healthcare politics and legislation confuses me, I admit it. These posts help make it a bit clearer:
But…there is more to the story! Doug Perednia wonders Are ACOS A Financial Suicide Pact? He notes, “…there is considerable reason to believe that, as designed, ACOs are likely to be money-losing propositions for the great majority of participating healthcare providers.” Posted at The Road to Health…
Remember my hint with the three blue Peeps? In Angry Birds, when you launch the tiny blue bird and then tap the screen, it splits into three blue birds, hence the “hint”! No one got it – everyone thought I was talking about Twitter! : D
Many thanks for reading and submitting to Grand Rounds this week. It was an honor, again, to host. Please consider hosting, it’s a blast- I’ve done it 7 times! As always, thanks to Dr. Nick Genes, who started it all so many years ago and Dr. Val at Better Health for hosting the calendar. Be sure to follow @grandroundson Twitter and “Like” Grand Rounds on Facebook.
As soon as I find out who is hosting next week I will update the post with the info!
My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...