Cleveland Clinic, University Hospital or Metro for new grads?

  1. 0 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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  3. Visit  andie2517 profile page

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  4. Visit  foreverLaur profile page
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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.
  5. Visit  AssociateDegree profile page
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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!
  6. Visit  BittyBabyGrower profile page
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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.
  7. Visit  foreverLaur profile page
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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.
  8. Visit  BittyBabyGrower profile page
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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.
  9. Visit  LizBSN2010 profile page
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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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  10. Visit  foreverLaur profile page
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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.
  11. Visit  OZOMATLI profile page
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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
  12. Visit  KMRNOCN profile page
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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.
  13. Visit  creativemom profile page
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    Not true. Cleveland Clinic is still hiring new grads. However they would prefer to hire "experienced" RN's verses new grads. One being that new grads cost a lot of money to train and many then move onto other floors due to not liking the fast pace of a Med/Surg or ICU dept.

    But they are hiring!
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  14. Visit  foreverLaur profile page
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    Quote from creativemom
    Not true. Cleveland Clinic is still hiring new grads. However they would prefer to hire "experienced" RN's verses new grads. One being that new grads cost a lot of money to train and many then move onto other floors due to not liking the fast pace of a Med/Surg or ICU dept.

    But they are hiring!
    I hope I can get a job as a new grad... My school is only an ADN program, but I do have a non-nursing bachelor's degree and I'm going to be doing elective rotations in ICU, PICU, and Trauma.
  15. Visit  nursingpower profile page
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    Quote from andie2517
    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!
    I was a new BSN grad and I was hired into the CVICU at CCF. I had no connections. Matter of fact I worked for UH. I posted my resume online at CCF website, a week later I had an interview with 2 managers. ICU and SDU. I figure if I could not get into the ICU I would settle for SDU and reapply/transfer to an ICU after a year of experience but at least I would have my foot in the door. I hired a week after my interview. I had only been out of school for two months at that point. That was back in 2009.

    I think with the economy jobs are hard to get because 1. layoffs/budget cuts 2. people know this so they hold onto their jobs 3. its easier to offer xtra hrs than to hire a new person with perks and benefits. (since many RN's work 12-36 hrs).

    Walking in with a resume in hand and up to a manager isn't really realistic. Most managers are in meetings, are patrolling the units doing audits, staffing, handling issues etc. They are not even readily available to us which is why they carry pagers and cell phones. This is why they have the HR hiring process because they MAKE TIME for that.

    My advice is to have a good resume. List relevant experience and skills (i.e. hospital, nursing, nurse tech, hospital unit secretary, nursing home etc). If you have a good work history that is helpful. Apply for every new grad or ICU position you qualify for. Meaning don't bother applying if it specifically states "at least 1yr exp". If you want ICU keep that at the top of your list but also keep #2 and #3 in mind just in case. Step down units are a good way to learn as a bridge to ICU if that is where you want to go eventually.

    Finally don't listen to people saying that you can't get into ICU as a new grad. CCF has a wonderful orientation specifically for NEW GRADS all led by the NURSING EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. If I would have listened to these types of people I would have never made it to where I am now. Been working in the CVICU for almost 2 years and is very efficient at my job. Thousands of people have done it before me and you so don't be discouraged. Just know that it is a learning process that you must be dedicated to.

    Good luck.


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