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Can you offer some advice on getting a job for an RN who has been licensed for 2 years, but who has worked as an RN for only 2 months?

Posted by Alycia Sullivan

Mon, Apr 07, 2014 @ 01:38 PM

Source: Nurse.com
Question:

Dear Donna, 

I have been an RN for two years, but have worked for only a couple of months because I got sick. No one wants to hire me without experience. My credentials are perfect. I reside in Florida and cannot relocate because I am a mother of small children. Can you offer some advice?

Wants to Work 

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Wants to Work,

Don't be discouraged. The job market is shifting and changing. Even though you are not a new nurse, read “New nurse, new job strategies” to see what's happening and learn creative ways to market yourself (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Strategies).

You should start volunteering as a nurse while you continue to look for paid employment. Volunteering is a great way to gain recent relevant experience, to hone old skills and learn new ones, build confidence and expand your professional network. Plus, volunteering often leads to paid employment as it is a way to get your foot in the door somewhere. Look for opportunities at your local public health department, a free clinic, the American Red Cross, a cancer care center or a blood bank. 

You also should attend local chapter meetings of the Florida Nurses Association (www.floridanurses.org). You do not have to be a member of ANA/FNA to attend meetings as a guest. This is a great way to reconnect to your profession, get up to date on issues and trends and further expand your network. Networking is well known to be a great way to find and get a job.

When what you're doing isn't working, it's time to try a new approach. You will be able to find work. You'll just have to look in new directions for employment and use a new approach to find and get those jobs. Persistence and determination will always win out in the end.

Best wishes,
Donna 

Topics: help, work, new nurse, Ask Donna, RN

What can a new graduate do to setup and update his or her resume to make it more attractive to employers?

Posted by Alycia Sullivan

Mon, Mar 03, 2014 @ 01:26 PM

Question:

Dear Donna,

I'm a recent new graduate and I'm trying to figure out how to setup and update my resume to be more attractive to employers. Are there certain topics or headlines that should be included and what are the rules for putting my clinical experience on
my resume?

Wants a More Attractive Resume 

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Wants a More Attractive Resume,

Although you may hear varying opinions about whether or not your clinical rotations should be on your new nurse resume, it is a good idea for several reasons. It looks good if you're applying to one of the facilities in that healthcare system where you did some clinical time. This is especially true if you're favorably remembered by a staff member and if you did a clinical rotation at a
well-known facility.

It's not necessary to give much detail about each position or to provide dates and time frames other than the year. You can mention significant experiences you had, such as working with ventilators. On the other hand, if you have prior healthcare work experience as an LPN or nurse's aide, it may not be necessary to list clinical rotations. Be sure to include any externships or special internships you did as well. Once you've had your first job as an RN, clinical rotations and externships would no longer be listed.

As far as categories, the other common ones are: work experience; education; licensure/credentials; volunteer work (if applicable); and special skills where you can list other languages you speak, special computer skills or any other noteworthy skills. You'll find very detailed information, including new nurse resume samples, in “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses” (http://ce.nurse.com/
course/7250/). 

Also read “FAQs about student nurse resumes” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Student-Resumes) for answers to other commonly asked questions.

A good resume certainly is an important marketing tool but there is much more involved in launching a successful job search, especially as a new nurse. Read “New nurse, new job strategies” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Strategies) to help give yourself an edge when looking for that first
full-time position.

Best wishes,
Donna 
Source: Nurse.com

Topics: help, resume, graduate, Dear Donna, employers, nurses

Dealing with racism in the workplace

Posted by Alycia Sullivan

Fri, Aug 02, 2013 @ 12:49 PM

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One of our fellow nurses needs some help dealing with racism in the workplace. Do you have any advice or experiences that will help her out?:

"How do you deal with racist comments directed toward yourself from patients? I've experienced racist attitudes before, but never verbalized comments in a derogatory manner from a patient until this week. Naturally I felt very down for a few hours afterward and I continue to think about it. It wasn't the negativity toward me per se, it was the thought that there could be more people out there thinking/feeling the same animosity toward me over something I cannot control, my phenotype. I take pride in my cultural heritage and wonder how anyone cannot see the beauty in diversity. I also thought that because they are sick they let their true thoughts out. Could any healthy person walking around be feeling the same thing but be inhibited from making it known? Then I thought of the people who could be dealing with this on a regular basis. How do you deal?"


Topics: help, racism, nurses, coping

Sweeping runners out of harm’s way; Westford nurse stayed at her post

Posted by Alycia Sullivan

Fri, May 03, 2013 @ 03:47 PM

By Joyce Pellino Crane

When Diana Walker-Moyer left her Westford home on the morning of April 15 to volunteer at the Boston Marathon, she had no idea that her nursing skills would thrust her into the first known and widespread terrorist attack in this northeast region since 9/11.

       Walker-Moyer was one of hundreds of volunteers on duty to ensure the successful operation and completion of the 117th Boston Marathon – an event, by all accounts, so meticulously planned by the Boston Athletic Association that not one detail falls through the cracks, and yet, the occurrences brought mayhem to Copley Square.

       “There are so many stories that just tear your heart apart,” Walker-Moyer said.

       A nurse practitioner, Walker-Moyer was there to assist those runners crossing the finish line who were exhausted and dehydrated. She’s done the same thing during four previous Boston Marathons.

       But as runners arrived, two bombs were detonated along Boylston Street where the largest group of spectators was standing. The blasts killed three, injured 183, and caused some to lose limbs and suffer hearing loss.

       Walker-Moyer, who works at the student health clinic at UMass Lowell, is a volunteer member of the Upper Merrimack Valley Medical Reserve Corps, based in Westford. She began volunteering at the marathon initially five years ago with other members of the reserve corps, and then continued solo.

       “I feel very blessed to have been given the opportunity to work in a profession where I can help people so I use it when I can,” she said.

       Sandy Collins, the town’s director of health care services, is keenly aware of Walker-Moyer’s voluntary efforts.

       “Diana is one of our most dedicated and active Medical Reserve Corps volunteers,” said Collins. “She joined the unit, becoming one of our first members in 2004. In the past Diana also received the prestigious national ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award given by the Office of Volunteer Civilian MRC.”

The corps is one of 45 units in Massachusetts, and one of 982 in the nation, that is actively recruiting and training volunteers for emergency events. The Westford-based unit includes six surrounding communities poised to help about 250 million residents. Westford’s health department is the lead agency.

Walker-Moyer, who travels each year to Haiti to help victims of the 2010 earthquake, said she’s committed to helping others.

       “Every single one of us can do something, one little thing to help, just because we can,” she said. “I don’t think people can comprehend the detail that goes into running this race. There’s a huge cadre of people who come together...”

According to Walker-Moyer, there were two medical tents set up at the marathon. Medical tent A was located at the finish line, and medical tent B was sited further down the road at Berkley Street near St. James, she said. Inside were emergency room physicians, intensive care unit nurses, and emergency medical technicians.

       Walker-Moyer was asked to oversee a team of 15 health care providers charged with scanning the throngs for light-headed runners as they arrived. Her zone stretched along Boylston Street from a point between Clarendon and Dartmouth Streets toward Berkley.

       The trickle of elite runners moving past her at the beginning of the race, swelled to a sea of bodies, as the slower runners finished the race.

       “It’s like swimming in a sea of lemmings,” she said. “There are so many faces.”

       According to the BAA, 23,336 began the race and 17,580 finished.

       Her role was to keep people moving toward a supply of water bottles, Mylar blankets and the medals for finishers. Some team members stood by with wheelchairs in case a runner fainted.

       “People are running this whole time and their heart is circulating the blood and so are their leg muscles,” Walker-Moyer said. “Then when they stop, that leg action muscle no longer is working the same because they’ve stopped moving and they may not be getting as much blood flow to their head.”

       When the first explosion occurred on Boylston between Exeter and Dartmouth Streets, she was walking with a runner. Everyone turned to look. It sounded like a cannon, she said. “But there was no reason for that to happen right then. It made no sense,” Walker-Moyer said.

       “Then the second one went off,” she said. “We were probably 100 yards away from it. Then you have all these people going from joy-faced to sad-faced because they’re in pain.” The second bomb was detonated 13 seconds later in front of the Forum Restaurant between Exeter and Fairfield Streets.

       Medical tent A quickly became a triage center for the wounded.

       “Thank God those people were there because more people would have died just from blood loss,” said Walker-Moyer. “The response was rapid and appropriate and lives were saved.”

       As three police officers rushed past her toward the finish line, Walker-Moyer stayed at her post moving runners forward, said Collins.

“Diana was part of the medical sweep teams at the finish line, helping to move runners away from harm’s way after the explosions occurred,” Collins said.

       Next year she’ll do it all over again, Walker-Moyer said.

       “It’s Patriots’ Day. You think of the citizens who went to fight (in 1775) and we have this citizens medical group who are trained to volunteer when there’s a crisis,” she said. “One of the strengths of our nation has to be a prepared citizenry.”

Source: Wicked Local - Westford 

Topics: help, assistance, Boston bombing, patriot, nurse, Boston Marathon

Nurses, Addicted to Helping People

Posted by Alycia Sullivan

Fri, Nov 02, 2012 @ 02:46 PM

By ABIGAIL ZUGER, M.D.
NYTimes.com


nurse, nursing, addictied 
When a book is heavy with glossy photographs, you seldom expect too much from its words. In “The American Nurse,” though, it’s the narrative that hits you in the solar plexus.

Take the comments of Jason Short, a hospice nurse in rural Kentucky. Mr. Short started out as an auto mechanic, then became a commercial trucker. “When the economy went under,” he says, “I thought it would be a good idea to get into health care.” But a purely pragmatic decision became a mission: Mr. Short found his calling among the desperately ill of Appalachia and will not be changing careers again.

“Once you get a taste for helping people, it’s kind of addictive,” he says, dodging the inspirational verbiage that often smothers the healing professions in favor of a single incontrovertible point.
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Some of the 75 nurses who tell their stories in this coffee-table book headed into the work with adolescent passion; others backed in reluctantly just to pay the bills. But all of them speak of their difficult, exhilarating job with the same surprised gratitude: “It’s a privilege and honor to do what I do,” says one. “I walk on sacred ground every day.”

They hail from a few dozen health care settings around the country, ranging from large academic institutions like Johns Hopkins in Baltimore to tiny facilities like the Villa Loretto Nursing Home in Mount Calvary, Wis., home to 50 patients and a collection of goats, sheep and other animals on a therapeutic farm. Some nurses are administrators, some staff wards or emergency rooms, some visit patients at home. Many are deeply religious, a few are members of the military, and a handful of immigrants were doctors in their home countries.

All describe unique professional paths in short first-person essays culled from video interviews conducted by the photographer Carolyn Jones. Their faces beam out from the book in Ms. Jones’s black-and-white headshots, a few posing with a favorite patient or with their work tools — a medevac helicopter, a stack of prosthetic limbs or a couple of goats.

But even the best photographs are too static to capture people who never stop moving once they get to work. For a real idea of what goes on in their lives, you have to listen to them talk.

Here is Mary Helen Barletti, an intensive care nurse in the Bronx: “My whole life I’ve marched to a the beat of a different drummer. I used to have purple hair, which I’d blow-dry straight up. I wore tight jeans, high heels and — God forgive me — fur (now I am an animal rights activist). My patients loved it. They said I was like sunshine coming into their room.”

Says Judy Ramsay, a pediatric nurse in Chicago: “For twelve years I took care of children who would never get better. People ask how I could do it, but it was the most fulfilling job of my life. We couldn’t cure these kids, but we could give them a better hour or even a better minute of life. All we wanted to do was make their day a little brighter.”

Says Brad Henderson, a nursing student in Wyoming: “I decided to be a nurse because taking care of patients interested me. Once I started, nursing just grabbed me and made me grow up.”

Says Amanda Owen, a wound care nurse at Johns Hopkins: “My nickname here is ‘Pus Princess.’ I don’t talk about my work at cocktail parties.”

John Barbe, a hospice nurse in Florida, sums it up: “When I am out in the community and get asked what I do for a living, I say that I work at Tidewell Hospice, and there’s complete silence. You can hear the crickets chirping. It doesn’t matter because I love what I do; I can’t stay away from this place.”

The volume is not entirely about selfless service: It was underwritten by Fresenius-Kabi, a German health care corporation and leading supplier of intravenous drugs in the United States. Presumably, crass public relations motives lurk somewhere in the background. But that’s no real reason to be meanspirited about the result, a compelling advertisement for an honorable profession.

Young people with kind hearts and uncertain futures might just sit themselves down with the book, or wander through the Web site featuring its video interviews, www.americannurseproject.com, and see what happens.

Topics: help, book, diversity, nursing, hispanic nurse, hispanic, healthcare, nurse, nurses

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