Cleveland Clinic, University Hospital or Metro for new grads?

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    Hi! I am moving to Cleveland in June as a new grad and want to find a job in an ICU. Does anyone have any advice on these hospitals in regard to new grad orientations or critical care internships? Any thoughts on one hospital over the other for a new grad? Or advice on even getting in the door? There are not many jobs posted at this time. I have heard some people say that I should just walk on the floor with my resume in hand and ask to see the nurse manager, has anyone had any luck with this approach? Thanks for any advice or information that you can offer!

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    It is almost unheard of to get into an ICU as a new grad without doing an internship first. You should broaden your options and honestly take whatever full-time RN job you can get! You can always get a year of experience in and look at transferring later. It is always easiest to just get your foot in the door first.
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    Right now, we've heard that Cleveland Clinic is not hiring any new grads at the main campus, so you'd have to apply to one of the other hospitals in their system. University Hospitals has hired new grads to ICU in the past and has an extensive orientation and education program for them that lasts about a year. I don't know much about MetroHealth's hiring right now, but I can share with you that it is a wonderful hospital to work at.

    I do not advise you to merely show up on the doorstep, resume' in hand. The Cleveland and Northeast Ohio area is home to many nursing schools and new grads will find a lot of competition for jobs. You should make contact in advance. Start by going to the hospitals' websites and learn who to contact in Nurse Recruitment. Good luck!
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    Just an FYI that most Magnet hospitals are only looking for BSN's, Metro being one of them. They have to keep a certain percentage of BSN nurses to keep accrediation with ANCC. They do hire new grads into ICU's there. They will hire the occasional ADN now, but it is mostly BSN they are looking at.
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    Quote from BittyBabyGrower
    Just an FYI that most Magnet hospitals are only looking for BSN's, Metro being one of them. They have to keep a certain percentage of BSN nurses to keep accrediation with ANCC. They do hire new grads into ICU's there. They will hire the occasional ADN now, but it is mostly BSN they are looking at.
    Are they looking at BSN specifically or for bachelor's degree prepared nurses? My bachelor's degree in psychology afforded me the ability to do substantial health care related research, including writing over 20 papers and participating in multiple clinical studies. Do hospitals consider things liek that when comparing ADN vs BSN graduatse to hire? Would I be looked at higher because of the bachelor's degree in a non-nursing area or would I be looked at the same as a regular ADN grad without a bachelor's degree?

    I picked ADN over BSN because it was substantially cheaper and I need an income and a job that provides benefits and so thus I had to get a full-time job and I couldn't do that while doing a 2nd degree BSN.
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    They specifically want BSN prepared. I hold a BS in another field and I had to go back to school for my BSN. I know it sucks, but it is what the ANCC wants. It still never hurts to apply.
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    Cleveland Clinic (Main Campus) hired me, a new graduate BSN-RN, into an ICU. It is not true that they don't hire new grads into ICUs, in fact, during my interviewing/shadowing process, most people I came across were new grads or were hired into the ICU as a new grad. Nursing is a second career/degree, so that may have helped my case. As for hiring BSNs over ADN, I don't think that's a huge deal. When I was shadowing there were diploma and ADN students also shadowing/being interviewed. I'm pretty sure some of them will get offers as well--the ICU is expanding.

    My advice is to check the Cleveland Clinic website, specifically search under "Critical Care" nurses for ICU jobs. Apply for everything. It helps to have done your senior leadership in an ICU (but isn't mandatory--the nurse I shadowed with didn't step foot into an ICU until her interview/shadowing experience, and she was hired as a new grad). Keep your head up and remember--they don't seem to give you a second thought until you've graduated/can put your NCLEX test date on your application. I probably applied there 20 times before I got called. I only got called once I graduated.
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    Quote from LizBSN2010
    Cleveland Clinic (Main Campus) hired me, a new graduate BSN-RN, into an ICU. It is not true that they don't hire new grads into ICUs, in fact, during my interviewing/shadowing process, most people I came across were new grads or were hired into the ICU as a new grad. Nursing is a second career/degree, so that may have helped my case. As for hiring BSNs over ADN, I don't think that's a huge deal. When I was shadowing there were diploma and ADN students also shadowing/being interviewed. I'm pretty sure some of them will get offers as well--the ICU is expanding.

    My advice is to check the Cleveland Clinic website, specifically search under "Critical Care" nurses for ICU jobs. Apply for everything. It helps to have done your senior leadership in an ICU (but isn't mandatory--the nurse I shadowed with didn't step foot into an ICU until her interview/shadowing experience, and she was hired as a new grad). Keep your head up and remember--they don't seem to give you a second thought until you've graduated/can put your NCLEX test date on your application. I probably applied there 20 times before I got called. I only got called once I graduated.

    My program (ADN) allows you to do your senior leadership in the ER at a Level I Trauma Center. I definitely plan to do this as well as electives in trauma, NICU, and ICU. Hopefully that'll help my case in addition to having a non-nursing bachelor's degree.
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    Hello everyone! I'm a first time blogger here at AN.com! I'm in the process of selling my business here in Cleveland and returning to school to get my BSN in nursing! I hold a Bachelor degree in Botany! I plan on attending CSU accelerated BSN program as soon as i finish the transition of selling my business! I'm so excited because my mother and 2 aunts of mine are nurses and the are supporting me as well as a good friend who also is a male nurse! Can you give my any advice Bittybaby? Thank you
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    I agree with the not walking onto a floor with your resume. I get resumes sent to me in the mail and I send them to HR. I'd do the same with a hand carried because that's who does the actual hiring.

    I was a new grad in critical care.... what an eye opener! I was diploma trained (a long time ago) with a good clinical background and I swear I cried every day on the way home from work for the first month feeling like an idiot. Oh, the memories. Best of luck in your search.


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