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Advice from ABSN Students and Alumni, Part 3: Getting a Job

get a nursing jobOn May 4, Marian University for St.Vincent Health hosted an Open House for our Indianapolis accelerated nursing program. The highlight was a panel of current students and alumni who took questions from the audience on the accelerated BSN program and the realities of being a nurse. We’ve already shared their advice about working and transitioning back to school. In this third and final post about the panel, we discuss getting a job.

Q:  What tips do you have for securing an RN position upon graduation?

A: Nick, class of August 2011: I took a patient care technician position while in the program. Not only did I receive additional hands-on patient care experience, I was able to develop contacts throughout the hospital. I made a friend who worked in the emergency room and asked for the opportunity to shadow. I knew that was where I belonged. I reached out to staff here at Marian to express my interest and see who they knew. They made calls of recommendation on my behalf. I received an offer from St.Vincent Emergency Services and have been working there ever since. So my advice is to work in a patient care role while in school (if you can), then network, shadow and make a positive impression everywhere you go.

A:  Erin, class of December 2011: I knew exactly where I wanted to work and that was the NICU with Riley Hospital. I  did a lot of networking with nurses I met during my clinical rotations. I had a couple offers in other areas but held out for a position in NICU. That’s a personal decision, but I knew what I wanted. I held out patiently and continued to do a lot of networking. I benefited from introductions from Marian staff. I finally got the offer I dreamed of and have been working as a NICU nurse ever since.

A:  Chase, class of August 2014: Marian University has such an excellent reputation in the hospital community. We can thank all the nursing graduates before us for that. When I went through the hiring process for a patient tech position at Community, they said how much they loved Marian students. They wanted to know when I graduated and were quick to acknowledge the added value an accelerated student brings to the table in terms of life skills and business experience.

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