March 24, 2017
I just wanted to write you a "thank you" email for being a reference and for all your work with the College of Nursing! I felt that you should hear my thoughts on the entire job-search experience and my newfound appreciation of the program.
I had three total interviews (so far) for each job I applied to. At every interview, everyone was impressed that I had my BSN and that I went to Ferris (maybe because we're up in the rural Escanaba area and the local community college only pushes out ADN's). But every hiring manager was so amazed at the clinical rotations I was placed in and all the experiences I could elaborate on. I was able to discuss my service learning project and all the different simulations we had throughout the program. Of course, I was always very grateful and happy with the BSN program, but after my interviewing experiences and job search, I am even MORE grateful to have gone through such a wonderful program.
I was able to boast about the many clinical hours Ferris gave us (nearly 1,000 for my cohort) and how I even got to do a public health, hospice, and critical care rotation. All the organizations were so impressed by the extracurriculars and opportunities I was involved in at Ferris. I spoke a lot about our leadership class and how we learned about delegation and nurse leadership. These topics especially benefited me during my interview at the nursing home and health department because I had interview questions directly related to that.
Overall, I feel that Ferris and the pre-licensure BSN program prepared me so well for finding a job and getting me to land the one I want. I ended up getting an offer from every facility, so I was blessed and lucky enough to be able to pick which one I wanted. I ended up going with the health department and am trying to get in per diem at the local hospital (which has slow turnover and is very hard to get into!) My passion lies within geriatrics and administration, but I believe this opportunity at the health department is going to push me outside of my comfort zone and will give me a good experience with a diverse population. They told me that they were very impressed with my resume, cover letter, and experiences. Looking back, this is all thanks to you and your shaping and influence on the program. I am so thankful to have learned so much and gotten such a wonderful education at Ferris.
So thank you, for giving me a good word, answering the multiple phone calls you got in regards to me, and for shaping a wonderful BSN program! I feel so blessed!
December 2016 Graduate