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Anyone have any infoon how their new nurse orientation is? Or any info at all about the hospital? Thanks... Read More


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    Quote from shadowness
    They told me when they hired me. I gotta go next week and bring all my letters, degree, licenses, etc etc. Doing my physical etc next week also. It's all on same day. They should have told you by now. Shoot them and email and see whats up
    I have an appointment for next week also. I was just curious..
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    I went in on Friday and handed in all my paperwork and did the physical. I have to go back Monday for part 2 of the physical which is just to show them my arm from the PPD.
    I got hired on medsurg 4th floor. I am on days and it is 12 hour shifts. I was told by the HR lady that first few months will be full time (orientation and training with senior nurse), then I will start my part time schedule. Being I will be part time I was told I will be doing 12 hour shifts- 1 week 1 day, the next week 2 days, the next week 1 day, the next week 2 days- so that is 6 shifts a month.
    When I was being interviewed with the nursing manager she was so nice and liked me alot, and kinda hinted in a small way that she would recommend me to HR for the position, because only HR can hire us based on our background check, references and all that stuff. She told me that if I get offered a part time position to take it because on that floor there is plenty of opportunities to pick up extra shifts if I wanted.
    I'm not sure how that works but I don't think extra shifts would be paid as OT, probably as regular hours unless you go above 37.5 hours (but I am just guessing).
    When I spoke with HR on friday she told me the first day is HR orientation, which is I guess learning about policies and all that stuff, then after that we get broken up into nursing groups and start our training for 3 week until being put on the floor.
    I also asked about health insurance, and if we are qualified to get it because we are only part time and she said benefits would start for us on March 1st. She did say we had to pay into our benefits but at that point wasnt sure how much off the top of her head.
    Does anyone have any other info besides what I know. I am dying to know everything lol. I'm not sure who you guys are but when I was there on the 5th, there were already 2 girls there before me that I was talking to. LOL any of you one of the first girls that was there?
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    When we are following around the senior nurse for those months I wonder if that will be a daily thing (5 days a week), or 3 days a week on a 12 hour shift.

    Oh yeah, I also asked about uniforms. We can wear any color except Burgundy because that is what the aides wear and for shoes we can wear nursing shoes or sneakers.
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    Sorry for all these posts, I keep leaving stuff out. The HR appointment was literally a breeze. All you do is show them all your stuff and they make copies. Then they have you sign a piece of paper OKing a drug test, and they give you a piece of paper with directions to go to a different building for a physical. They took my blood, gave me PPD, and tested me for N95 mask- which was definately an experience for me LOL. They have u put on the mask then they put a blastic bad over your head (but u can see out the front of it), and they tighten the drawstrings on it around your head and u sit there for 10 minutes and talk to the guy with the mask and bag over your head. He shoots this sweet spray into the bag and if you can taste it on ur mouth that means the mask dosnt fit- if you dont taste it, then the mask fits mine. Those were the longest 10 minutes of my life, simply because I kinda dont like masks to begin with, and that combined with the bad over my head was VERY uncomfortable- but I got through it. Just keep talking to the doctor and it will go quick. He also goes an eye exam and has you read a Snellen chart. Last part was the drug test part (urinating in a cup so make sure you drink fluids before you go...luckily I drank a big coffee and had to go so bad LOL). But overall I was in and out of there in about 45 mins
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    Quote from 987!
    Sorry for all these posts, I keep leaving stuff out. The HR appointment was literally a breeze. All you do is show them all your stuff and they make copies. Then they have you sign a piece of paper OKing a drug test, and they give you a piece of paper with directions to go to a different building for a physical. They took my blood, gave me PPD, and tested me for N95 mask- which was definately an experience for me LOL. They have u put on the mask then they put a blastic bad over your head (but u can see out the front of it), and they tighten the drawstrings on it around your head and u sit there for 10 minutes and talk to the guy with the mask and bag over your head. He shoots this sweet spray into the bag and if you can taste it on ur mouth that means the mask dosnt fit- if you dont taste it, then the mask fits mine. Those were the longest 10 minutes of my life, simply because I kinda dont like masks to begin with, and that combined with the bad over my head was VERY uncomfortable- but I got through it. Just keep talking to the doctor and it will go quick. He also goes an eye exam and has you read a Snellen chart. Last part was the drug test part (urinating in a cup so make sure you drink fluids before you go...luckily I drank a big coffee and had to go so bad LOL). But overall I was in and out of there in about 45 mins
    Good Stuff!
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    If I may ask, how did you guys managed to get interviews there, I am interested in that hospital as well, any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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    Thanks for the info 987!. I was wondering if anyone who is more local to WMC than me knows of any affordable monthly housing around there. Im relocating just for the orientation/preceptorship portion of the job...

    Thanks!
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    Quote from maataus
    If I may ask, how did you guys managed to get interviews there, I am interested in that hospital as well, any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
    From what I'm hearing nursing recruiters contacted people that applied for jobs at WMC within the past few months. I'm not sure how HR narrowed their list down to about 50 people for the open interviews. The open interview day was not open to the public.
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    Quote from ambiRN

    From what I'm hearing nursing recruiters contacted people that applied for jobs at WMC within the past few months. I'm not sure how HR narrowed their list down to about 50 people for the open interviews. The open interview day was not open to the public.
    Ok, thank you for replying, even though I had them on mind, I never applied though, too bad. I go to their website now and I don't see any RN positions yet. Guess am so unlucky, don't know when am gonna get a hospital position, it's just so hard, applications after applications but no call backs, am tired of applying now,
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    RNRAC,
    I was hoping to find out the same thing about housing. I was hoping to find something cheap in the area, even if its just a room with a bed just to have a place to crash up there in case of bad weather, extra shifts, or anything like that. Haven't been lucky finding anything online that is cheap but I am guessing there will be postings somewhere in the hospital of people looking for a roommate. I only live 40 minutes and am kinda OK with the commute for the most part, but during this orientation I know its gunna get alittle tough for me.

    Maatus,
    Yea, I had applied back a while ago and got the email inviting me to the open interviews and went. I would still submit my resume if I were you, you have nothing to lose, you never know in a few months they may have more open interviews.


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