Got a job offer the Friday before Christmas and start 2/4. I had to submit criminal back ground fingerprinting, child abuse clearance, and undergo a pre-employment health screening...just did the pre-employment screening this past Wednesday. I think it depends on how much pre-employment paperwork and screening is required before starting. I had to submit to paperwork through the employee's website under "new hire" status-the hospital uses online profiling, so I can always log in and review the hospital-again, since I did all the required paperwork after I accepted the position. They also have their health and retirement plans, etc on the site, so I can be ready to choose from those plans on the day of orientation...a lot of good info to review before orientation!