You read that right!
Hello all! Well, it’s true. If anyone has been actually reading my posts throuhgout the years, you would know I absolutely love pediatrics. Life is taking me another direction. This all happened in January, and I have just been holding out and giving myself time to process. If you are interested, keep reading! This is a long post so just brace yourself…
I began submitting online applications for nrse residency positions with the hospital system last November during my first semester senior year. The application took a decent amount of time to complete, just because I made sure to complete everything completely. I was immediately met with a lot of disappointement as I recieved immediate rejections from the automated system. This was pretty frustrating, but after a few days, I recieved a email stating they were considering my application. I ended up being selected to be interviewed for the Pediatric Nurse Residency and Emergency Nurse Residency!
- Cover Letter
- Professional Recommendation
- Personal Recommendation
- Short Statement
Alright, now we are getting to the real part of this post. The interviews. Both interviews consisted of the same questions, I simply tailored my asnwers to that cohort. I also made sure to ask each residency the same questions in case I received an offer from both. The questions were all behavioral. I made sure to ask each cohort about conitnuing education opportunities, staff dynamics, etc. Unfortunately, both interviews were not a pleasant experience on my part.
Let’s start with the pediatric interview. The pediatric interview consisted of all of the managers from the Children’s Hospital: NICU, PICU/Peds Intermediate, General Peds, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Pediatric Surgery. The interview was extremely unprofessional. The PICU manager was proceeded to pull out celery and crunch loudly during my interview and when I looked at her she said “What? It’s lunchtime!”.
The other managers seemed to condone this apart from the NICU and really did not seem like they wanted to be there. I had the impression they were simply “filling slots”. Anyone that knows me personally knows I was hoping to become a PICU nurse, because that is my favorite area to be when volunteering with Child Life. Sadly, the NICU was pulling hard for me and even offered to open a slot for me despite having filled their positions! I respectfully declined and noticed the interview pretty much shut down as they all gave the General Peds manager a look like “Well, I guess she’s yours”. After that the interview shut down. Needless to say, I walked out of the interview unsettled.
Moving onto the Emergency Interview. I interviewed with the Assistant Manager (who is actually the Supervisor now) of the Adult Emergency Room. I was immediately impressed, because after mentioning that I am a Monitor Tech/Unit Secretary/Patient Sitter, he was said “I know you!”. The interview went well and I realized how much of an ER nurse I actually am during that interview. 😂 I did become a little nervous during the interview, because he had actually printed out resumes and just paused for about 2 minutes and stopped talking. I politely waited and after what seemed like an eternity, he said “I was just taking everything in. You have accomplished a lot for being 20”. I was so embarrased, so I just said thank you. 😂
Well I recieved an offer from both cohorts! Pediatric General (Peds Med-Surg) and Adult Emergency (Level 1 Trauma Center). This was a hard decision to make, but I have listed out my thought process when considering both.
- I have a passion for the pediatric population.
- All I know (past jobs, etc.) is pediatrics.
- I completed part of my nurse externship there AND I volunteer there so I know my surroundings.
- I hate hunting down the doctor for a simple order for Tylenol.
- I know that floor is very boring at night and I will not get skills practice.
- “Red flags” from management during interview. (!!!!!)
- Did not feel appreciated.
- No opportunties for growth aside from cross-training to be a pediatric float pool nurse.
- I volunteer there and notice the managers spend more time in their offices than on the unit.
- Floor nursing seems too routine for me at this stage in my life.
- Overall, they just left a bad taste in my mouth.🤷
- I completed part of my nurse externship in a small emergency room and enjoyed it.
- I LOVED my day in the trauma bay for externship.
- I get floated to the ER for work sometimes, so I have a general idea of the teamwork, patient ratio, etc.
- I will never be bored.
- I love having the provider “right there”.
- I love the unpredictability.
- Many opportunities for growth (trauma bay, certification, etc.)
- I have heard nothing but positive things about management and did not pick up red flags…
- I have noticed management out on the floor.
- I felt appreciated during my interview.
- I am not really an adult person, but I can tolerate it in the emergency setting.
- I can always work my way to the other side into pediatric emergency and pediatric trauma!
After a lot of consideration and talking with my family, mentors, past and present clinical instructors and of course lots of prayer. I decided to go with
I cannot believe it. It has been months since I accepted the position (assuming I pass NCLEX) and I cannot believe I am going to be an ER nurse. I would have never thought because my personality is not typical ER. I am absolutely TERRIFIED, but hoping this opportunity will help me get where I want to go.
Never settle for something you want if you won’t be treated well. MANAGEMENT IS EVERYTHING!! I absolutely love my kiddos, but I refuse to be stuck in a stagnant environment.
Thanks for reading!