SSM Futures - An Overview - page 3

by NeveJe | 20,423 Views | 32 Comments

After my own personal experiences and seeing how befuddled recent graduates are about application processes, I feel it necessary to try to help out by providing a brief overview of the Futures program that SSM puts its new nurses... Read More


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    Quote from ttaylor218
    Wat is the futures program.?
    SSM Health Care's orientation & training program for new nurses. They take groups of new nurses a few times each year (used to be twice per year) into the program to meet hiring/staffing needs at their various facilities around St. Louis. Of course, everyone has their own form of orientation/training for new nurses or experienced nurses who are newly hired, but SSM calls theirs the "Futures" program.

    See the original post (by me) in this thread for details.
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    I want to extend a sincere thank you for posting this information. I just filled out my application on line for the Futures program. I agree there is very little information in regards to what I should expect now. There is no deadline listed or other helpful information that could ease my anxiety. I'm extremely nevous about being offered a job as soon as possible. I know its hard to stand out from the crowd, but I am hoping my military experience will help me stand out a little more than the rest. When over 700 applications are received and 100 are offered an interview, it makes you wonder what they looked at and how they based their decision. My long term goal is to become a flight nurse so I obviously would love to start off in the ER, but I am realistic that the chance of that is slim. Im curius if you have any new information to share since the last time you were on here
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    Quote from KatCora
    I want to extend a sincere thank you for posting this information. I just filled out my application on line for the Futures program. I agree there is very little information in regards to what I should expect now. There is no deadline listed or other helpful information that could ease my anxiety. I'm extremely nevous about being offered a job as soon as possible. I know its hard to stand out from the crowd, but I am hoping my military experience will help me stand out a little more than the rest. When over 700 applications are received and 100 are offered an interview, it makes you wonder what they looked at and how they based their decision. My long term goal is to become a flight nurse so I obviously would love to start off in the ER, but I am realistic that the chance of that is slim. Im curius if you have any new information to share since the last time you were on here
    KatCora ... Hmmm, funny that I haven't logged into AllNurses.com in maybe a year, and when I finally do, there's a reply to my original message. Admittedly, I'm not sure how much help I can be to you at this point, but I'll try. The Futures program has changed a little bit since I went through it. They do it 3 or 4 times per year now. Based on the new GNs/RNs being hired, I can still say with confidence that SSM is looking for great nurses - not just BSN grads.

    Yes, they do still take new RNs in the ICU and ER, but I know nothing of those environments, so I couldn't say what they're looking for in a new RN brought into those areas. I think your chances of going straight into pediatrics or L&D would be much worse, though.

    The GNs who graduated in December and were hired by SSM have completed the Futures program and are now in their final days (or weeks) of one-on-one orientation. On my unit, 3 new RNs went to night shift just recently after completing the Futures program.

    Of course, SSM is taking applications right now for the next Futures program, which should start sometime this summer. I swear I heard that it starts in June, but I honestly don't know.

    Job prospects out there - especially for new RNs - are miserable, despite the persistence of the myth that there is still a "shortage" of nurses. (There isn't, of course.) If you don't land a job within the first 6 months of graduating, don't give up and don't stop applying. And DON'T think that you aren't a qualified job candidate. Just keep trying. But whatever you do, DO NOT BE PICKY about your preferred shift or area of nursing. Vocalize your willingness to embrace ANY opportunity to practice nursing, no matter the shift or unit.

    Good luck to you!!
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    I am very interested in entering the FUTURES program at SSM when I graduate. I have quite a while to go (grad in DEC 2016 with BSN) but I want to make sure I am competitive when I am able to apply. One of the things that is listed on their website is "participation in outside activities while obtaining degree". What are they looking for? Is it just volunteer work? Any information would be helpful!
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    ant2cory,

    Participation in outside activities -- whether its a demanding hobby or volunteer work -- demonstrates, I think, the same general skills that a lot of employers in ANY field would be looking for in a prospective employee: time management, dedication, willingness to take on obligations without direct financial gain, etc. I did no volunteer work of any kind prior to getting a job as an RN. I don't think that it will make or break you with job applications at all. Others may disagree. I can tell you one thing that will be helpful, though: No matter where you apply, you may find it beneficial to ask your interviewer what opportunities would be available to you to serve your community, if you were hired. Free health screenings for the community? (Something along those lines.) No one has the perfect resume. But demonstrate (LEGITIMATELY) a willingness to get involved through your employer. It says a lot about you.
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    Quote from NeveJe
    ant2cory,

    Participation in outside activities -- whether its a demanding hobby or volunteer work -- demonstrates, I think, the same general skills that a lot of employers in ANY field would be looking for in a prospective employee: time management, dedication, willingness to take on obligations without direct financial gain, etc. I did no volunteer work of any kind prior to getting a job as an RN. I don't think that it will make or break you with job applications at all. Others may disagree. I can tell you one thing that will be helpful, though: No matter where you apply, you may find it beneficial to ask your interviewer what opportunities would be available to you to serve your community, if you were hired. Free health screenings for the community? (Something along those lines.) No one has the perfect resume. But demonstrate (LEGITIMATELY) a willingness to get involved through your employer. It says a lot about you.
    Thank you very much for the information! There are definitely things I have in mind that I would like to do. As a DV survivor, I want to volunteer at the local DV shelter but you can't do any type of "healthcare" volunteer work until you have your RN license, so I was going to do other things they might need until I have that.
    I also wanted to organizing a walk for Primary Immunodeficiencies through IDF in STL but after looking into it I think they only have walks in 3 cities a year so I would have to do something else to help.
    Anyway, It's things along those lines that I wanted to do but if I needed volunteer work at a hospital I wanted to make sure I did that too!
    Thanks again for the information!
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    I would say that's pretty impressive. Sounds like you're quite committed to these causes. Our world would benefit from having more folks like you in it!

    Good luck to you on your path to becoming an RN!
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    I applied to the Futures Program and was sent an email to schedule a phone interview for November 22nd. Could you elaborate more on the questions you were asked? Were there any situational/behavioral scenarios or questions I should start reviewing?
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    Amazing post! I too have scheduled a phone interview this month, and this was very helpful for what to possibly expect. Thank you!
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    Quote from Levitas
    Amazing post! I too have scheduled a phone interview this month, and this was very helpful for what to possibly expect. Thank you!
    Hey Levitas. Did you have your interview yet? If so, How did it go?


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