Tampa Graduate Nurse/Internship Program Positions - page 3

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Hey all, I am, a new graduate nurse with some tech experience at a psych hospital. I am currently looking for new graduate nurse positions or nurse internship programs in the Tampa area. I've tried looking at the careers... Read More


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    St joes doesn't have a preference, per say, for BSN over ASN but I suppose having the BSN could give you an edge over others that don't. I have some friends that have recently been hired at st joes with an ASN's and I also have my ASN & have been told i will be considered in the same manner.
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    @hbestrn: Have you heard anything else about possible new grad programs starting soon for Baycare/St. Joseph's? Also, I am curious if you have your BSN or ASN, and if you know if Baycare is moving towards all RN's getting their BSN's now. I have a previous Bachelors degree & have just completed my ASN so I'm trying to decide whether I should continue my education right away or not. I appreciate anything you can tell me. Thanks so much & I hope you're loving the new job!!!!
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    Quote from ajmichael81
    @hbestrn: Have you heard anything else about possible new grad programs starting soon for Baycare/St. Joseph's? Also, I am curious if you have your BSN or ASN, and if you know if Baycare is moving towards all RN's getting their BSN's now. I have a previous Bachelors degree & have just completed my ASN so I'm trying to decide whether I should continue my education right away or not. I appreciate anything you can tell me. Thanks so much & I hope you're loving the new job!!!!
    I asked the Educator today (he runs the new grad program), he said they will have a group starting in Feb but they are all internal. Typically they hold classes a month or two after graduations (June and Jan/Feb), so I will continue to keep my eyes and ears open. If you have not found a job around May (which I pray you do), send me a message on here and I will ask again. I feel that we really need to help one another so I will continue to do what I can.

    To answer your other questions, I only have an ASN. I asked in my interview if that would hinder my chances of being chosen and he said no, it would not. Of course they would like as much education as possible but it was not a deal breaker. I was also thinking of continuing my education since I couldn't find work, however, during this program, they don't even want you to take an ACLS class until after 6 months. They really want you to focus on getting acclimated to the RN role. They do a lot of teaching/ refreshing during the first two weeks which has been extremely helpful. This may sound strange but I already love the organization and what they stand for. I have done my clinicals at hospitals that seemed good enough...but St. Joe's has set a new high standard for me. Best of luck and keep me updated.
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    Quote from crucian1984
    Just curious @hbestrn do you have your ASN or BSN?? Just wondering if St.Joseph has a preference.
    I have an ASN. I was told during my interview that not having my BSN would not be a deal-breaker but of course they would like to have as much training as possible. However, they are very big on making sure you are a good fit for the team. If they think your personality would clash, they will likely not hire you for that position.

    On a side note, I should mention that they do not have many openings to start with. The only reason they hired my group is because they had expansion and some of the nurses transferred to the new area. As I stated somewhere else on here, they get between 14,000-30,000 applications a year, not all for nursing but that is still a hefty amount.
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    hbestrn,

    I was happy to read your post because I have recently been trying to get a job in the tampa area as a new RN (associates degree) and have not had any luck. It gave me a little inspiration! So thank you for that. Is there any advice you could give me in my quest for finding a job? I have applied to Florida Hospital, St. Joe's, Florida Orthopaedic Institute, Kindred, Baycare (just to name a few) and have received nothing but rejection letters It's such a tough market right now. I have 7 years of experience as a medical assistant as well but that really means nothing in the nursing world. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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    This post is a few years old! I too have 9 yrs as MA and I'm a recent grad. I've applied at the same places too. I've had 1 interview with St. Jo last week. Keep trying and keep faith in yourself! I know exactly how frustrated you are
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    I am in the same boat too. I have been looking for a nursing position since April of this year and now we are in October and still nothing. I have filled out so many application from the Florida Panhandle to the Florida Keys and the only thing I end up getting always is "not hired" or "not selected" or "sorry, we have pursued other applicants" I have my Bachelors in health Science, and my associates in nursing and many years of working at a private medical office but to the hospitals it doesn't mean a thing. I even tried nursing home, medical/physician's offices, dialysis centers, jail/correctional facility but they all prefer 1-2 years experiences of acute care. Well, to get that acute care experience I need to work in the hospital. And how can I get in the hospital if I keep getting the rejection email. I even willing to try to work as a tech in the hospital, but of course I get the denial response for that too. I just wish I knew how I can beat the system and work my way into getting my foot in the door, even if its just for an interview. If someone out there have any other suggestion or know of a hospital hiring, please feel free to let me know.
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    I'm an LPN but I really should do a bridge program to get my RN. I am in such a rut right now. Want to try office but I have no office experience. If facilities would just train people and not demand so much darn experience, none of us would be in this boat. What can we do to change that? Anything? I do NOT want to work in a nursing home and am so sick of home care. 13 yrs. at the VA 10 yrs ago does not help me NOW.
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    kkrumm02, did you have to be hired through a new grad residency program??

    Are you still employed in the Tampa/clearwater area?

    I am curious because I am coming from Cincinnati in the summer.... let me know!


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