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Missed out on a graduate nurse program


My identify is Nicole. I’m presently a Registered Nurse working in orthopaedics. I missed out on a graduate nurse program like a few of you who could also be studying this. However I need to share under some ideas which may assist land a job.

I at all times wished to do nursing nonetheless in highschool I wasn’t the perfect scholar who spent extra time working and studying non-related faculty books that my enter rating was non-existent, so I labored as a dental nurse for 10 years which included with an oral surgeon throughout the hospital on kids and adults underneath common anaesthesia which reignited my curiosity and keenness for nursing so I made a decision to revisit the concept as a mature aged scholar and was fortunate sufficient to be accepted into Griffith College in Southport in 2017 and the remaining they are saying is historical past.

What did your graduate nurse program purposes contain?

Throughout my previous few placements, college students had been capable of apply for graduate positions throughout the hospital. The method in 2019 was a drugs examination, a progress be aware and a medical situation after which in case you had been profitable in that stage you moved onto the interview stage.

The very best tip I can provide folks for the grad software course of is to maintain your cowl letter brief and candy because the recruiters have hundreds of purposes to learn. My recommendation for the treatment examination and progress be aware is to make use of a template for the be aware and familiarise your self with the method’s eg dawn over sundown on your treatment calculations and keep in mind to breath!

Virtually bought it…

I used to be fortunate to obtain an interview nonetheless wasn’t profitable in gaining a graduate place.

I used to be extraordinarily nervous throughout my interview and it confirmed. I found my solutions and after I suppose again the methods by which I answered them weren’t very clear, however I did the perfect I might as a newly graduated nurse.

I utilized for each Gold Coast College Hospital and Gold Coast Non-public Hospital. Because of numerous candidates at GCPH, I didn’t get a callback.

I wasn’t actually positive the realm I wished to get into nonetheless I knew I wished surgical.

What subsequent?

I’ve been fairly fortunate with my nursing journey. I utilized for a graduate place and missed out, so I utilized for an aged care place and was fortunate sufficient to be provided to the job on the spot. I used to be additionally extraordinarily fortunate to have recognized a good friend on the orthopaedic ward I’m presently working in and was capable of get the e-mail from the NUM and despatched my cowl letter and resume to her and was capable of begin a place of .2 and work my method as much as .7

I feel the important thing factors for me getting a job was making use of for a rural aged care who had been determined for employees and keen to coach me. I used to be lucky sufficient to get my hospital job by realizing somebody engaged on the ward the place I’m presently working.

If you’re unsuccessful, go to the nurse unit managers that you could have had placements with and have a chat to them about the potential for common nursing positions. Maybe they solely might take so many new graduated nurses however they want nurses they are able to offer you a brief contract.

I additionally suppose in case you are keen to journey, keen to do one thing completely different to which you thought you’d do, keen to strive new issues, that may look extraordinarily interesting to employers as you might be versatile and capable of be moulded so to talk.

Utility ideas?

Cowl letter ideas I’ve could be maintain it brief, succinct and candy. Solely add in info that applies. Interview ideas I’ve could be to decorate properly. A wise shirt and slacks or a skirt. Skilled apparel.

I additionally suppose to be trustworthy throughout your interview. If there’s a medical situation you aren’t positive how you’d deal with, then be trustworthy and say ‘I might search assist, or I might be x/y/z as I’m unsure’. Nurses are at all times studying. We’re at all times going to return throughout one thing we don’t know. So long as you prioritise affected person and your security that’s all of your employers need to be certain of.

Recruitment panels aren’t there to be sure you fail, they merely need to know in case you can prioritise affected person security and yours, time administration and having the ability to recognise affected person deterioration.

What do you do now?

I’m presently engaged on an orthopaedic inpatient unit at Gold Coast College Hospital. I’ve been on the ward for two years. We see numerous sufferers on ready lists to have routine hip and knee replacements, some minor trauma causes like damaged bones from accidents and we regularly get numerous what are known as ‘outliers’ who’re different specialities sufferers nonetheless their wards are full so they arrive to us with spare beds.

It’s good as I get publicity to completely different specialities reminiscent of gastroenterology, gynaecology, renal and plastics sufferers the place some issues are a bit completely different nevertheless it’s good to be taught.

A public hospital provides you a lot selection and choices for employment. Working theatres to outpatients to hospital-in-the-home assist.

What assist did you get for this hospital job?

I used to be initially handled as a brand new graduate after I bought my job on the orthopaedic ward. I used to be given two weeks of supernumerary shifts of AMs, PMs and an evening shift. I used to be positioned with senior registered nurses who taught me the routines and move of the ward and fundamental procedures and so on. I now practice new workers and new nursing graduates on their new nursing journeys which I really feel actually proud to be a part of.

I had numerous communication and conferences with my ward medical facilitator to ensure I used to be feeling supported and never over-whelmed and being signed off on all my medical talent evaluation instruments reminiscent of medical handover, blood administration, intravenous antibiotic administration and so on. This helped me to really feel supported while I learnt all the talents I wanted.

Any closing ideas or ideas?

Apply for all the things. Even in case you don’t suppose you’ll meet the factors, apply anyway. You may shock your self and the employer be completely happy to coach you.

Be trustworthy in your resume and canopy letter. Don’t add issues that you simply aren’t competent in and if you wish to do this add that you simply’re working in the direction of it.

Be open to transferring round and attempting jobs you suppose you won’t like. I didn’t suppose I would really like aged care nonetheless I get pleasure from it to an extent. Additionally simply be you. Don’t fear about what another person is doing. Simply deal with you and your path and your vacation spot.

Don’t really feel too upset or really feel like a failure for not securing a graduate place. Graduate positions (whereas nice) aren’t the one solution to be an exquisite nurse. I do know many individuals, myself included who went the good distance round to wind up within the hospital however I prefer to suppose that I’ve learnt a large number of abilities and data due to that.



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