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Barkow, RN 3,692 Views

Joined: Feb 27, '07; Posts: 111 (24% Liked) ; Likes: 59
Specialty: L&D/postpartum

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  • Jul 18 '15

    Also, I know at my facility the manager will post a job that they're budgeted for, even if they don't need it at that time, because if it's not, it makes it look as though that position is not necessary, and administration could remove this position from their budget and then they won't have the option of hiring someone for that position in the future.

    From what I understand, this is why you'll see jobs that are still posted from a year ago.

  • Jul 18 '15

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    I'm an experienced RN relocating across the country. To my surprise, I've seen postings for part-time day positions in my specialty. I get quick responses from HR and chat on the phone, followed by some sort of response that the manager is really interested in interviewing me, but the real need is for full-time nights and there is no day position. I'm aware that most nurses new to a facility generally start on nights, but is this some sort of bait-and-switch recruitment tactic, or just a way to feel out willingness to do nights? The day position remains posted. Has anyone else experienced this? It's just frustrating to put in effort applying to certain facilities based on shift availability that may not represent reality.
    You're an experienced nurse -- surely you know that the day shift positions go to the staff with seniority. HR is required to post day shift positions when one is available. But in most cases, someone from night shift gets that position and the real opening is on night shift. I know it seems like a bait and switch tactic -- and it probably is, to some extent, because they probably KNOW they're going to fill that day slot from within. And they'll probably get a lot more applicants for that day position than they do for nights.

    I've had more frustration with the "promotional opportunities" they post. They have to get a pool of X number of applicants before they start the interview process, but in most cases they already know who they want to hire (again from within) before they even post the position. So you go through the work of submitting your resume and an applicantion, buying a new interview suit, preparing for interviews and trucking yourself in during business hours (sometimes having worked the night before or the night of) and interviewing -- only to find out that they gave the job to the person they had chosen before they even posted the position. It took me three or four tries before I got hired . . . and realized that I actually preferred working nights, weekends and holidays at the bedside. Sigh.

  • Jan 13 '09

    How well connected are the local schools in terms of locating practica for you? Many of my own students have made great connections (networking, getting job offers) from their practica. As can be seen from many of the online folders here, if you need to locate/negotiate your own practica --- many problems can arise. Chances are that the higher-ranked program has many good clinical sites in their area --- and never admit more students than they have clinical sites.

    Are you committed to remaining in your locale? If yes, chances are that there are many alum from the local programs who may consider their own 'alma mater' better than the big-ticket Ivy League programs. However, if you are thinking about relocation, then a program with a national prestige will own more doors than will a degree from South Succotash State University.