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undergrad RN
I'm a twenty-something Canadian student. After stumbling through a few years of college, I finally managed to get into the nursing school of my dreams, where I hope to graduate in 2012 with a nursing baccalaureate degree. I want to offer an honest look into how a modern nurse is educated, both good and bad. Eventually I hope to compare my education to my day-to-day career and see how it holds up. Whatever happens, it should be somewhat entertaining. Find me on allnurses.com!
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Friday, April 9, 2010

Being Negative

I am applying for an undergrad nurse position. It's a very competitive spot, as you can imagine. I needed several forms to complete including one mandatory reference from school. I think I have a pretty good chance... EXCEPT:
  • My instructor, who is my reference, agreed to fill out the required form on Tuesday
  • She lost the form 3 times and I keep reprinting it for her
  • My school decided YESTERDAY it would put in a new procedure on requesting references
  • Said reference request has a form required (of course)
  • I can't get the form because I am at clinical and not at the school, and it's not available online (of course)
  • I have EVERYTHING ELSE I need for the application including a very thoughtful resume and cover letter that took me hours
  • My instructor refused my offer of sending her the form as soon as I got home if she'd just give me the completed reference today (Friday)
  • She stated the earliest she could get it to me was Monday
  • The posting closes Sunday
I am a firm believer that you can respect policy by either following it to the letter (as my instructor seems to think is best) or by following it in spirit. The form is just my consent to have a reference check. I think me asking (and reprinting the form for her thrice) for the letter is implied consent. Just sayin'

So she knows I'm pissed and she tries to turn it into some kind of fucking life lesson.

"What did you learn today?"

Well, I learned I hate bureaucracy because it completely negates common sense. Seriously, lady, it's not up to you to teach me about Life. I've been dealing with it for almost 26 years, with at least 8 of those years in a professional capacity.

"Just think of all the other students in the same position as you!"

Well, I'm thinking of all the students at the other university who have their completed forms in to the same VERY COMPETITIVE position, because THEIR school didn't fuck it up for them at the last minute.

I am very, very, VERY angry.

She sent me an email saying "be positive". Be positive about what? That you are allowing policy to blind you to the fact that you are preventing me from even taking a shot at this kind of opportunity? Thanks...


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