Quote from Chapo84
I got a reply about a month after I applied to Steward Health Care. The thing I don't understand is EVERY hospital in Boston that I spoke with said with no experience, the only position we have available is New Grad Float pool. So if it was that bad why would they allow new graduate Nurses to even be a candidate for Float Pool positions? I've heard both sides, people say NOO stay away and than I hear from nurses who have done it and say They love it, of course they get units that are horrible because no one wants to help the new nurse, but for the most part they love it. If no one will hire what would you do, I mean my loans aren't going away anytime soon
What hospitals did you speak with? I worked in a Boston hospital for several years and, not only did they only hire experienced nurses for the float pool.... they only hired experienced nurses from within
the hospital. I think you need to be comfortable as an independent nurse and be familiar with the organization before you work in the float pool... if you go to a new floor, nurses are willing to help you and say "this is where we keep things" or "this is when this medical team rounds"... but they don't have time to teach you how the hospital works, as in "when an order goes in for an XRay, that means you yourself need to call Radiology, schedule the exam and physically bring the patient there."
As for why they would allow new grads to be candidates... to be frank, you're a body with a nursing license and you're cheaper than an experienced nurse. Steward is a for-profit
system, they're running a business and they want to make a profit. Their goal is not to give you a good learning experience or grow you into a good nurse but to use you to their benefit.