It's always exciting to see someone graduate from school -- whether it's a high school graduate embarking on life or a college graduate who feels liberated from school and eager to start a new career. To me, the most exciting time is when I get to meet the newly graduated nurses. They are filled with such enthusiasm for nursing.
As the new graduate nurse recruiter at the Florida campus, I get the opportunity to hear their stories of studying medications, learning new diagnoses or being there for a patient who just needed a hand to hold. They share with me their drive and ambition to be the very best nurse possible! Along the way, I get to hear how well they are doing in their new role. If I'm lucky, I get to see those same nurses after their orientation and get to hear about how much they enjoy working at Mayo Clinic and the support they receive from their colleagues.
Asjah Muhammad, who recently earned a bachelor's degree in nursing and works in the medical intensive care unit, wrote:
"I have had an exciting and challenging experience as a new graduate here at Mayo Clinic's hospital. Throughout my orientation I gained valuable knowledge and experience by working with my preceptor, the nurse educator, the manager and the other staff on the unit. There's cameraderie on the floor, and there's always someone to lend a helping hand. I am confident that the personnel has and will continue to prepare me to become an excellent nurse."
Mayo Clinic supports education and encourages its employees to advance their knowledge and learning. Whether you come here as a new graduate or are looking for ways to help others, you will always find the opportunity to learn and grow. No matter what, you can make an impact and play a vital role in making sure the needs of the patient come first. That is what Mayo Clinic is all about.
If you would like to know more about our new graduate program or any nursing opportunities at Mayo Clinic in Florida, please visit www.mayoclinic.org/jobs-jax/. Our next program will be accepting applications from January 25-31, 2010.
Written by Jennifer Lineburg, recruitment coordinator at Mayo Clinic in Florida.