Monday, April 23, 2007

Last week I mentioned that I planned to apply for another position at the hospital. I worked on my resume, wrote a great cover letter and submitted it on time. Then, I didn't hear anything. I called the manager of this department and left a message. Still didn't hear anything. 10 days later she finally called me at work only to tell me that unfortunately she was not even going to interview me, because I was not Critical Care staff, and that was where they were getting their pool of nurses from. I told her that I was very surprised at this because as mentioned in my cover letter, I had over 10 years of Critical Care expertise, and while I was now Recovery Room staff, I have a flexible schedule that allows me to work 12 hour shifts. As well, other team members of her Response Team had personally approached me and suggested I apply. She said she was sorry, but at this point, I did not qualify. I was pissed off but suggested she keep my resume on file.
An hour later, I was at the job posting board looking to see if there was anything new. The physician who runs the Response Team saw me and jokingly came over to tell me not to bother looking, there was nothing worthwhile for me. Let's just say he caught me at a vulnerable moment. I was still pissed and told him that I had just been turned down for his Team, and that I was "a little miffed." Of course, I said this with my face feeling all flushed and I'm sure my eyes were getting a little watery. (A terrible response when I feel frustrated at something I can't control in my personal life.)
He actually tried to offer me a position in one of the step-down units that needs experienced nurses but I told him that I was looking to try something new, and had been really interested in the Response Team.
Anyway, to make a long story short, the hospital just called wanting to set up an interview for the Team. I'm guessing that having had a good working repore with this physician he spoke with the manager on my behalf and they decided to at least offer me an interview.
Turns out that this would have been scheduled while I'm in Europe, so we'll see what happens. Hopefully an interview will happen when I get back.

4 comments:

Pez said...

I think you would be great for that job and I can completely understand your frustration and not even being considered! It does help when you know someone who can get you an interview and I am glad that you have one scheduled now (and hopefully they will be flexible enough to reschedule it for after your European vacation. Good luck!

sher said...

I'm also glad you will have an interview. I would have felt just as you did, and I'm glad you showed honest emotion when you talked to the man who runs the response team!! Good for you.

Kristi said...

Good! I'm glad you were able to at least get an interview, so that you can wow them with your experience (and of course, your charming personality).

Carmi said...

It wasn't so long ago that I found myself in a similar spot, so I understand what you're feeling, and why. I'm impressed at your ability to hold it together and find alternative ways of pursuing your career goals: most other folks would have simply given up.

I find myself at a bit of a crossroads now, too, and reading this entry gives me renewed hope that I'll come out on top regardless. Thanks!