January 2005, Volume 35 Number 1 , p 12 - 12
© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 35(1) January 2005 p 12 Looking for wiggle room [ADVICE, P.R.N.: HIRING POLICY]
I've been a nurse for over 20 years in both military and civilian hospitals. My experience includes obstetrics, critical care, and medical/surgical nursing. In my current position, I'm often assigned to the ED, which I love. I'm also finishing an LPN-to-BSN program and will graduate in a few months .
I recently told my nurse-manager that I'd like to continue working in the ED as an RN after I graduate. To my dismay, he said he “probably” can't hire me, despite my background, because I'll be considered a new grad. Hospital policy requires new grads to have at least 1 year's experience before they can work in the ED .
I feel I have more than enough experience already. What do you think? —M.S., ...