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!!