Last April 30 different representatives from facilities in my area came to an "open house" ...they were all looking to recruit new nurses.
I asked 3 main questions: What is the starting pay? What departments do you consider open to GN's and what is the Nurse to PT ratio on most shifts??
If I liked any of those answers I asked things like, How long is the orientation period for GN's and what type of learning environment do you offer? Also, Have you ever instituted madatory OT and if so under what circumstances. Do you have a copy of your benefits package?
This went OK for the most part, although some of the reps just kept saying "make an appoinment and come and see us, I'm sure you'll see we are competitive!"
Now, about the coffee and donuts......I don't consider that a plus, but I did get at least 30 pens, a calculator, penlight, highlighter, and I won 2 prizes in different drawings. One was a pampered chef gift certificate and one was a gift card
to Outback Steakhouse. The last 2 were nice bonuses!! I gave the rest of the junk to the kids.
I found 2 things....either they answered all my questions and were delighted with the conversation or they just gave me the run around.
One rep even offered to watch my 3yo son while I "enjoyed" the open house! Their angle was all about family and choices.....
AS IF I would let my child with a stranger......crossed them off the list!
GOOD LUCK, this could be fun!