Job offers before graduatiing?

  1. Hello all! I've been very curious as to how some nursing students have already accepted a job offer before graduation?

    Ive read that they started applying during their last semester because they can for a graduate nurse position.

    Do they have to go through an interview just like everyone else or are they just offered a position because of maybe work ethic or what could be every possible reason????
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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   That Guy
    I don't ever see how anyone would be offered a job without an interview, especially a new grad. There might be some bias towards them because they are known but I know I had to go through 2 rounds of interviews, first was with all the managers of the hospital, second was with the floors that wanted you. But yes I applied second semester and was offered a conditional job following NCLEX completion.
  4. by   umbdude
    I think someone in my cohort got a job offer from a new grad program at a large research hospital weeks before graduation. The new grad program accepts application months in advance and offer jobs toward the end of the semester. Obviously, you can't start unless you pass NCLEX.
  5. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from umbdude
    I think someone in my cohort got a job offer from a new grad program at a large research hospital weeks before graduation. The new grad program accepts application months in advance and offer jobs toward the end of the semester. Obviously, you can't start unless you pass NCLEX.
    At least in some states, one can start working as a graduate nurse right after school with a permit ...before passing NCLEX.
  6. by   stevosmusic
    My hospital will take applications your last semester of school. Also I work as an extern so I will probably end up signing a two year contract at the beginning of my last semester. You absolutely still need an interview though.
  7. by   umbdude
    Quote from Sour Lemon
    At least in some states, one can start working as a graduate nurse right after school with a permit ...before passing NCLEX.
    That is true. My state doesn't have that, but I have heard some states do. That makes sense.
  8. by   llg
    My hospital makes job offers to students all the time. The students go through the regular processes of applying, interviewing, etc. The only difference is that the job offers are "conditional on passing NCLEX."
  9. by   Xlorgguss
    I graduated this past May and I had my signed job offer last February. It is very common in my area to get a job lined up before graduation. However those offers are made with the contingency that you pass NCLEX. I think only one hospital in my area hires GN's. Some felt better waiting to look for jobs until after they passed NCLEX. For me it gave me something to work for.

    Additionally I did sit through an interview process
  10. by   dogmombyday
    I think it's kind of both. But you definitely have to interview. I'm finishing a new grad fellowship now and I accepted the offer before graduation.
  11. by   Scottishtape
    I got several offers before I graduated. I applied to the hospital system I wanted and they sent my resume to the units I was interested in.

    I then interviewed with the managers of those units and was given offers.

    The unit I picked was the unit I did my practicum on. The NM watched me work during practicum and told me even then she wanted me.

    The other managers offered me positions based on my resume and my performance in the clinical scenarios they presented.

    It's definitely possible

    ETA: The offers were contingent on me passing NCLEX and we were not able to actually start until we had license in hand.

    I began to apply mid way through my last semester.
  12. by   CRomo
    It's pretty common here. On our 7th semester, clinical coordinators and other nurses from the hospitals in the region come and talk to us to offer internships. I had two offers before starting my 8th semester. The one I picked offers reviews and books for us to study and pass the NCLEX but we are expected to pass, and if possible, start working with the GN permit. We went through a formal job interview with all the unit directors, a little intimidating.
  13. by   futurebsn92
    Quote from That Guy
    I don't ever see how anyone would be offered a job without an interview, especially a new grad. There might be some bias towards them because they are known but I know I had to go through 2 rounds of interviews, first was with all the managers of the hospital, second was with the floors that wanted you. But yes I applied second semester and was offered a conditional job following NCLEX completion.
    Second semester? That's fast. If you don't mind me asking were you in an accelerated program or an ADN program? I see a lot of people start applying maybe one month before graduation or the last semester.
  14. by   soutthpaw
    If you can get a nurse apprentice position, (usually open to 2nd-AS/4th-BS year students) those will often lead to a job with that hospital and hopefully the department you want to work in.

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