hapadole, I'm starting in February 😄
@Missy and any other new grads in the post, I know 2 classmates/nursing sisters who work there, didn't use them as references. I also used a skills/experience based resume...I also have 12 years healthcare experience, 7 as an LPN, mainly in Pediatrics-not in acute care, so I thought that would limit me, which it did when apply to a lot of acute care hospitals-over 100 rejections!!! 😳
They started in Late September/early October with the phone screen process, up to offering me the job last Friday. I also kept contact via email during each process, the transcripts, confirming my interview in November, when I received my Child Abuse Clearance, what the process of choosing candidates were. My recruiter was upfront in letting me know how many positions were open and that they would reach a decision in two weeks. I just was assertive in the communication process, and was myself. Kind of a Patrica Benner nerd, they loved that..had a discussion about my research paper, which used Benner...that may have scored points, lol😄 but mainly stayed assertive and advocated that I would be a great asset, and backed it up by being honest about clinical situations, what I would do to improve a situation or what I can do better in the future, etc. Sometimes we get up tight about our dream job and forget to relax and show the human side of ourselves. Most hospitals want competent nurses that can be true to theirselves and the profession and have a heart balance at that, and that can be any one and everyone.
I'm just glad I have landed my dream job, seen what it was about in the shadow process and I am excited to learn and work in Critical Care Pediatric Nursing!
Keep your heads up! I know a fellow co work who interviewed for a job in May and JUST got the position. She starts in January.
It will be over 1 year since my last semester of clinicals and nursing school (completed nursing classes December 2011), and 8 months (licensed June 2012) so the range 8-12 months post grad rings true, REGARDLESS of experience or not....