I went back to work at age 52, after a 17 year absence from the hospital workforce. There are ways to play the game:
in passing that your children are older & you are glad to no longer
have to deal with those "childcare issues" - - RNs not showing because
their own child is sick is quite common & much despised in the
hospital workforce. HUGE advantage.
Because you are a recent
grad, you have experience with the newest technology. They don't always
look to see how long you have been an RN, & sometimes they misread
the date. Since many older RNs are not totally comfortable with
computer charting, mention that you love how much time the new computer
charting saves, & that everyone across the care spectrum can access
the info they need at their terminal in real time - - like RT can see
when the meds were given, in case that affects their timeline for
care.If there were certain machines you really enjoyed using, mention
A lot of the younger RNs hate scanning meds, &
consider it a waste of time. This is a big problem in a lot of
hospitals. Talk about how much safer it is for everyone when the
"computer eyes" decide if the med is a match to the patient. This is a
biggie for liability control.
Ask what type of hand sanitation they utilize: hand washing, or santitizer foam. This is a biggie under Obamacare.
most interviews, they will ask what you think your worst skill is. I
always said "IV's. I have always had to work on starting IVs; I am not a
natural at it like some of my classmates are, but I can draw any
required labs. I just may have to try more than once to start an IV." A
ridiculous number of RNs have trouble starting IVs, and in some
hospitals, they now have the lab techs do it. No one ever held it
They may ask what you consider your best skill.
"People skills" is a good one. If it is ture, you can always say, "I
have never had a patient of mine complain".