Our Emory Healthcare New Grad Nurse Recruiter

Q&A With Greg KingsleyGreg

What is your background?
I have been an RN for 18 years. I started out as a new grad in a pulmonary step-down unit and transferred into a pulmonary ICU and worked in various ICUs after that. I then worked as a pulmonary clinician in home care. And, in another career growth opportunity, I was a clinical systems analyst for seven years, where I programmed medical information systems for health care providers.

I joined Emory Healthcare here in Atlanta because I had been out of bedside nursing and wanted to return. I went through Emory Healthcare's reentry program and completed a residency in the Emergency Department. Emory Healthcare has allowed me the opportunity to grow, and I currently work in Human Resources as a nurse recruiter with a primary focus on new grads.

Why did you choose Emory Healthcare as your career home?
I had never had an opportunity to work in a teaching hospital where I have the resources that I've had here. If you are looking to learn and grow and excel in your career, this is the place to be. 

What advice would you give a new grad?
I think it's very important for new grads to know what their goals are. Nursing offers a wide variety of opportunities. And, here at Emory Healthcare, we are the most comprehensive health care system in the area, so we have everything you would want to explore. So it can be very important to have a general idea of what you are interested in. We understand you may not really know, so being open-minded to career opportunities is important. Be flexible. We understand that our new grads have needs, and we do, as well. We strive to bring the two together. 

How do you get the most out of a new grad experience?
Apply yourself. Don't be intimidated by your lack of knowledge or skills. We realize that you have not mastered your skills.

Always side on patient safety first. Be open to feedback. Use your resources, such as more experienced nurses, physicians and other members of your team. This will also help you build a support system. Always ask questions when you are unsure or don't know something.  Discuss your feelings and/or concerns with your unit leadership. From the first day on the job, be a team player.  

Greg Kingsley: william.kingsley@emoryhealthcare.org.