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I'm A New Nurse Series: "Nursing School Didn't Prepare Me For This!"

Recently I had an opportunity to sit down with our RN blogger Marianna Broz, RN and discuss her experiences both as a new nurse, and as an Internet sensation!  

HR It’s been a little more than six months since you joined All Children’s Hospital’s RN Residency Program. What are your impressions so far?

Marianna - It's definitely been a fun challenge. The way the critical care residency works, we're never in one place for too long. Though we're technically hired to an ICU, we stay on a Med/Surg floor learning how to be a nurse for about 9 months. And just as soon as you get the hang of day shift on your Med/Surg floor, you flip to nights. And just as soon as you start to accept your new life as a vampire, you get flipped back to days to start your "looping."
Looping is where I'm at now, and the way it works is every week I spend at least one shift with another specialty of the hospital. We don't necessarily take an assignment; usually it's shadowing and learning how that part of All Children's functions. We get to check out Radiology, Physical Therapy, Outpatient Neurology Clinic, Post-Anesthesia Recovery, OR, and pretty much every unit in between.
Once we hit all the specialties, the looping becomes more geared towards our home ICU unit. We start spending 1-2 days a week there until it's time to transition down completely, and then the orientation process begins all over again. The goal is for us to be off orientation in the ICU one year after being hired.
So to answer your initial question, my impression has been challenging, exhausting at times, but incredibly rewarding as I get to know the hospital inside and out.
HR – How is life on a nursing unit different from your experiences going through your Bachelor’s program at the University of Florida?

Marianna - To summarize: Entirely different. UF is a fantastic school and many of my coworkers will let you know how much I love wearing my orange and blue scrubs. But in nursing, it really is all on-the-job training. No one warns you in school that you're not just the nurse; you're also the therapist, secretary, mechanic, phone operator, waitress, and overall gatekeeper of the patient.
I think the biggest difference between school and the hospital setting is that in school, you learn expected outcomes; how things are supposed to work in an ideal world. In the hospital setting, you learn how to not panic when you realize that rarely do things ever go according to plan. So I guess adding "Expert Trouble Shooter" to the job description would be the best way to warn future nurses what lies ahead.  

HR – You are a brave person and agreed to start blogging about your experiences. How is that going?

Marianna - It's funny to me, because it's so out of my comfort zone. I've never really been a writer, but anyone who knows me will admit I am an avid story teller. Which is what's funny about writing a blog...the people who read it may or may not even know me, yet they know my stories.

But it actually has been pretty fun and a nice way to capture some of the stuff I'm going through now that I otherwise may not have remembered once I'm old and completely senile.

HR - What are some of the new things you are experiencing as part of your training? And will we be reading about them in future blog posts from you?

Marianna - As we're starting to prepare for transition, all the Critical Care Residents now have class every other week. These classes specifically focus on what you'll find while working in an ICU and so far have been pretty awesome, for lack of a better word. The week before class, we have online modules assigned for us to complete; each session focusing on a different body system.

In class we have lecture for a bit, then a hands-on portion in our Simulation Center, and finally tying it all together by going up to ICUs to see these complex patients up close. And then, true to form, a lunch date afterwards where we all debrief on everything we did.
As far as the future blog posts go, I don't doubt I'll have more stories. Because I'm still so new, every day there's at least one moment where I have to take a step back and ask myself "Is this really happening?" But hopefully that feeling won't go away anytime soon, because honestly that's what makes me able to get up in the morning and come back for more.

Check back each month to hear the latest from Marianna as she continues to share real life stories of what it's like to launch a professional Nursing career here at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine.

- Jay

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Does Your Resume Show Depth?

This week's post is from one of our Recruiters, Michelle Nelson, who discusses how important your resume truly is in the search process. Learn about her perspective when she reviews resumes, and how the details you include will separate you from the rest of the pack.

When you present your resume, does it show who you are as a person? Everyone is told to provide the basics such as education, work history and skills; but demonstrating your depth of experience on your resume is what quickly catches the eye of a hiring manager or recruiter.

When I review resumes, I look for work ethic, pride, organizational skills, communication, and caring about the community. Those are the values that hiring managers also look for, and demonstrating those attributes typically help get candidates to an interview. 

What Do I See?
How do I see those characteristics? If a resume is missing information, it sends a signal that the candidate is not sure of them self; or is not proud of what they’ve done. If you are proud of your past accomplishments, and you should be, make them stand out! For me, work ethic and pride certainly cross-over. It always surprises me how many resumes miss out on showing this. 

A common mistake nurses make is that they tend to list the hospitals and companies where they’ve worked, but don't list what they did at those hospitals. From my perspective, you should include details on your resume about what you specifically did, your specialty, the size of the organization, how many patients, type of charting, shifts you worked, and nursing duties.

These qualities and experiences add depth to your resume and can make all the difference when it is reviewed.

Community Matters
One last point, there are many activities that people do every day to contribute to their community, I would urge you to be sure to include these on your resume.  Hiring managers want to see that you’ll be a true asset and have pride in sharing the organization's values outside the hospital.  Most nursing models require nurses to be on councils or members of teams, and by sharing these past experiences on your resume it may help move yours to the top of the pile. 

I look forward to hearing from you,

- Michelle

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What's Your Funniest Interview Story?

We interview lots of people. Every once in a while we have some odd experiences, either because the person we're interviewing does something a little goofy; or, something funny happens as part of the interview process.

Usually we all laugh and move on...but sometimes what happens is so unexpected the interview becomes one of those memorable moments no one will ever forget.

We'd love to hear some of your "memorable" interview moments. What are some of the funny things you've experienced during past interviews in your life? Did something happen that was so unexpected that you and the interviewer couldn't get back on track?

Tell us your story...good, bad or even downright silly. Life is too short not to have a little fun once in a while!


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Networking Doesn't Have To Be Scary

There was a time when networking was only done at job fairs, professional meetings or conferences. The opportunities to network in those settings were extremely limited. Unless you were armed with a handful of business cards or a stack of resumes, you were more than likely ill-prepared for a successful event.

Fortunately that has all changed.

Look Inside First
One of the misconceptions about networking is that it is only done outside of your organization. Nothing could be further from the truth! Regardless of the size of your company, there are good people that you can network with right now. You might be asking yourself the following questions:

- Who should I reach out to?
- How should I ask them?
- What would we talk about?

These are all great questions and the key is to focus on the word "questions." As you identify key leaders, peers, or simply those who are well respected, using questions is a great way to learn about them and their perspective. Asking questions is also the fastest way to get a conversation started!

It is appropriate for you to clarify that you are trying to learn more about the organization and want to learn as much as you can about how the company operates. You will impress those you are reaching out to for your initiative, and will simultaneously be networking.

Look Outside Second
The prospect of building your network outside of your current organization can at first seem a bit daunting. This is the perfect opportunity to integrate social media into your efforts.

The first step is using Linkedin and can be a powerful platform to reach out to those in your field, as well as those you admire from other industries. If you don't have a Linkedin profile yet you need to set one up. Today!

Other social tools can be very helpful as well including TwitterFacebook pages (not necessarily individual accounts) and Pinterest. Following and connecting with others allows  you to comment on their activity, react to their blog posts, and join Linkedin groups that will open many doors.

Go For It
Gone are the days that you need to wait for a specific event to pop up on your calendar before any networking can occur. Leveraging your own organization, as well as the social networks available will help you expand your network much faster than ever before.

Be sure to check out our social channels and connect with us too!


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