Moving to PHX, Hospitals/Recommendations/Tips

  1. Hello! I will graduate with a BSN in Spring of 2018 and am moving to the Phoenix area after graduation. I am from the Midwest so I'm not totally familiar with all of the different hospitals in the Phoenix area so any advice or recommendations of hospitals would be helpful! I would loooove to work at the Mayo Clinic or Phoenix Children's but from my understanding it is difficult to get a job there as a new grad. Is this true? My passion is pediatrics but I know I can't be picky as a new grad! So if any of you work at hospitals in that area with fair wages and friendly/respectful staff I would love to hear about it!
    Thank you so much!
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   rachaelofcourse
    PCH is very hard to get into and Mayo only accepts new grads twice a year - not sure when though. Also, I don't believe the Mayo out here has Peds, so if that's your area of interest, I wouldn't look too much into Mayo. I work for Banner and I feel they're very middle-of-the-road. The education they put you through as a new grad is great! Pay is pretty average for Phoenix. Hope this helps some!
  4. by   Apple-Core
    Hey rachaelofcourse

    How is the job going? Is it everything you hoped it would be?? Sure hope so!
  5. by   rachaelofcourse
    Quote from Union-Jack
    Hey rachaelofcourse

    How is the job going? Is it everything you hoped it would be?? Sure hope so!
    Hello! Yes, I love it! All of the training is a little overwhelming, but it's great so far. I would not recommend the ICU as your first job unless you have acute care experience prior.
  6. by   bsvends
    I saw there were a few different Banner hospitals in the Phoenix area when I was searching, is there a specific one that seems to be preferred or are they all about the same? Thank you for the tips btw!
  7. by   Apple-Core
    Quote from rachaelofcourse
    Hello! Yes, I love it! All of the training is a little overwhelming, but it's great so far. I would not recommend the ICU as your first job unless you have acute care experience prior.
    Great to hear it! Yes, ICU is one area I am very interested in, but I agree - I think that is somewhere where I will have to "move into" rather than just arrive straight out of graduation.
  8. by   rachaelofcourse
    Quote from Union-Jack
    Great to hear it! Yes, ICU is one area I am very interested in, but I agree - I think that is somewhere where I will have to "move into" rather than just arrive straight out of graduation.
    If you can swing it, work as a tech in a hospital during school. I did, and I feel it has helped tremendously with being a new grad in the ICU.
  9. by   waitaminute
    Mayo offers a new grad program a few times a year. A few of my friends got in straight out of nursing school. It's very competitive, but they seem to love it. Another one of my friends got in at Banner as a new grad. From what I recall, they gave him 2 months or so of orientation and I want to say the starting pay was $26-$28 range for days as of a year ago. From the way he described it, the staff on his floor was very supportive and kind. I would recommend avoiding Abrazo, I'm under the impression the nurses there are not too happy. Let me know if you have other questions. I know the valley really, REALLY well.
  10. by   bsvends
    Thank you! Are there any other hospitals I should avoid or any other besides Mayo that you've heard good things about? One of the most important things for me is for the staff to be welcoming, friendly, respectful and helpful so it's nice to hear from someone that is familiar of the hospitals!
  11. by   bsvends
    Thank you! Are there any other hospitals I should avoid or any other besides Mayo that you've heard good things about? One of the most important things for me is for the staff to be welcoming, friendly, respectful and helpful so it's nice to hear from someone that is familiar of the hospitals!
  12. by   kadeedid
    Phoenix Children's has new grad positions open right now Keep checking back after you graduate in the spring. Some of my classmates were hired there as new grads early this year

    Open Postion - Clinical Nurse - Career Opportunities @ Phoenix Children's Hospital
  13. by   bsvends
    I'll do that thank you! Is it true that you need to have experience as a tech in peds to get a new grad position there? I'm a tech currently on a tele floor but have not worked on a pediatric unit so I was just curious!
  14. by   kadeedid
    Quote from bsvends
    I'll do that thank you! Is it true that you need to have experience as a tech in peds to get a new grad position there? I'm a tech currently on a tele floor but have not worked on a pediatric unit so I was just curious!
    One of my classmates had been a volunteer and then a tech there while in school, but the other two had zero healthcare experience.

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