HCMC doesn't like new grads!?

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    Hello All,
    I recently applied to Hennipen County Med Ctr as a new grad RN applicant. I had heard such good reviews from you guys and a friend of the family that lives there...After I filed my application, I received a new grad preference sheet via email. On it, I am to check off the units I'm interested in. In small print, it states that,
    "the majority of new grad staff RN's are hired for 64-72 hours per
    2-week pay period. Some full time (80 hours per 2 week pay period)
    positions may be available; however these full-time openings are
    limited in number. Benefit eligibility begins at 40 hours per pay
    period."

    WOW!! Any of the other hospitals I (or my fellow new grads or new grads- to be -- MAY 16th ) only require 32 hours for a benefited position. Is this just posted to cover their butts or do they actually need f-t newbie RNs? I thought everyone needed nurses?! What about their oncology dept? They're not on the list to choose from? Anyone have any suggestions/recommendations?? Thanks
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    40 hr per pay period means 20 hours per week. I think that is the typical hrs needed to get benefits. It isn't 40 hr/week, it is per the 2 week period.
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    Quote from futurecnm
    40 hr per pay period means 20 hours per week. I think that is the typical hrs needed to get benefits. It isn't 40 hr/week, it is per the 2 week period.
    From the quoted material, my understanding is that employees need to work 40 hours every week (80 biweekly) in order to get benis... perhaps I'm misunderstanding it? Anyone else have other interpretations?
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    Quote from FromNH2VAwherenext
    Hello All,
    I recently applied to Hennipen County Med Ctr as a new grad RN applicant. I had heard such good reviews from you guys and a friend of the family that lives there...After I filed my application, I received a new grad preference sheet via email. On it, I am to check off the units I'm interested in. In small print, it states that,
    "the majority of new grad staff RN's are hired for 64-72 hours per
    2-week pay period. Some full time (80 hours per 2 week pay period)
    positions may be available; however these full-time openings are
    limited in number. Benefit eligibility begins at 40 hours per pay
    period."

    WOW!! Any of the other hospitals I (or my fellow new grads or new grads- to be -- MAY 16th ) only require 32 hours for a benefited position. Is this just posted to cover their butts or do they actually need f-t newbie RNs? I thought everyone needed nurses?! What about their oncology dept? They're not on the list to choose from? Anyone have any suggestions/recommendations?? Thanks
    if this is the quote (what you put above) it says "40 hours per pay period" which is 2 weeks per pay period = 20 hr per week. unless you have a quote somewhere else that says 40 hours per week is needed for benefit eligibility.
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    From what I've been seeing, many hospitals consider 32-36 hours per week to be full-time depending on the floor.
    And as pointed out by others, the ad states that you are elligible for benefits at 20 hrs per week (40/pp).
    It seems odd to me too, my whole working life I've been told benefits are for full time employees (40/wk), now it's 36, 32, and now even 20!
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    Thanks everyone for clarifying. Now, if I know I want oncology what do I do? It's not one of the choices on the new grad list they gave me. I *could* do psych, OB or even renal/med. Anyone have any contacts in the oncology dept there? Anyone heard good or bad things about the floors I mentioned?
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    Hi!! Hey I just started at HCMC 4 months ago, in their ED. I am also currently employed at an Allina Hospital in their ICU. The differences btw these two systems are extreme. Of course, HCMC is a teaching hospital and Allina is private practice/insurance for the vast majority. I won't expand on this too much, because that is not what you are asking....

    As a new grad at HCMC, I would recommend that you get your foot in the door. Don't start in Psych if you want to end up in Oncology because you won't be building the skills you need....(arguably...). I know that it waxes and wanes a lot in the Twin Cities in how readily new grads are being hired in the hospitals. It can be really tough, often new grads are forced to start out in a TCU or long term care or other area.

    The staff at HCMC are remarkable people. There is a spirit about the place that I really like. There is a real sense of pride in being able to make a profound difference in the community. This hospital is not for the snooty or the pretentious.

    I am so new there that I don't know anyone outside the ED. But if you have any questions please ask and I will do my best to find the information you need.

    Good luck in your application process!!


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