Washington Hospital Center Fellowship - page 3

Hello everyone! I am a senior nursing student and will be graduating in May. I am interested in relocating to DC from Ohio and I am interested in WHC. How is the fellowship for new grads? Is it very... Read More

  1. Visit  mh356 profile page
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    I have an interview this week for the SICU. Anybody work there or have recent personal experience to share? I just want to get an honest opinion and I seem to hear mixed reviews. Thanks :typing
  2. Visit  cnistler profile page
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    This site helped a lot when I decided to move out here so I am going to give my opinion...and it is just that. Take it for what it is worth I have worked in the SICU at WHC for a year and a half and I absolutely love it. I went in as a new grad with some experience as an intern in a medical/surgical ICU. I thought the fellowship really prepared you for the unit you were going to be on. It is very difficult; if they do not feel that you are able to handle a critical care setting, they will put you on a step-down unit or a floor. It isn't personal...it is "patient first". Like previously mentioned, the ICU fellowship is 12 week orientation and everyday you work on the unit an educator comes by for a mini-report on the pt. They do quiz you about certain aspects of the plan of care ie. why you are on certain meds? what is the purpose of certain lab tests? What do the results mean? It sounds intimidating and to be honest it is at first. But if you are a safe, competent nurse that is eager to learn and can critically think...you will be welcomed and do well. You will hear negative reviews of every hospital, no one has 100% satisfaction. Parking is a not an issue at all, you are assigned a lot. You don't even notice the union dues and being a union has its benefits! It is a teaching hospital for a reason and you will get a great experience working there. Good luck!!
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  3. Visit  luvbaby3gz profile page
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    Hello Everyone,

    I signed up for the Dream Day at WHC at ER and OR. Can anyone tell me what to expect on a Dream Day? I really want to get hired teehee.
  4. Visit  ukstudent profile page
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    The first part of the day is in a conference room where HR and education comes and talks to you about pay, benifits and how the program is structured. Bagels and fruit, drinks are provided. You then get seperated out into small groups and spend about 1 1/2 hrs on one of your chosen units with a nurse working that day. I can't remember if you have lunch before then other unit or afterwards. Anyway, after seeing both units you interiew at whichever unit you prefered. When they tell you to wear scrubs, it's because you could end up doing stuff while on the units. Have a great time.
  5. Visit  luvbaby3gz profile page
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    Quote from ukstudent
    The first part of the day is in a conference room where HR and education comes and talks to you about pay, benifits and how the program is structured. Bagels and fruit, drinks are provided. You then get seperated out into small groups and spend about 1 1/2 hrs on one of your chosen units with a nurse working that day. I can't remember if you have lunch before then other unit or afterwards. Anyway, after seeing both units you interiew at whichever unit you prefered. When they tell you to wear scrubs, it's because you could end up doing stuff while on the units. Have a great time.
    Thank you for the info. It really help me ease anxiety of the unknown.
  6. Visit  zram44 profile page
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    I am doing dream day very soon. I was told that I am doing 3 hours in one unit then 3 in another. What do we really do when we are shadowing the nurse? Are informally interviewed, questioned/tested, participate like we do in clinicals, etc? What are some good questions to ask during that time period on the units? Do we interview in front of a panel of people or just a manager from one floor? I know they grade us on how we answer questions so if we score lower do they offer us jobs on other floors? Does WHC use travelers? I get anxious before the interview so the more I know the more comfortable I feel.

    Thanks,

    zram44
  7. Visit  luvbaby3gz profile page
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    Quote from zram44
    I am doing dream day very soon. I was told that I am doing 3 hours in one unit then 3 in another. What do we really do when we are shadowing the nurse? Are informally interviewed, questioned/tested, participate like we do in clinicals, etc? What are some good questions to ask during that time period on the units? Do we interview in front of a panel of people or just a manager from one floor? I know they grade us on how we answer questions so if we score lower do they offer us jobs on other floors? Does WHC use travelers? I get anxious before the interview so the more I know the more comfortable I feel.

    Thanks,

    zram44
    WHC/Medstar emailed me back after I emailed them to make a reservation. It says there on their email that "after 2 pm educators are there to interview you if you are interested in a fellowship program" so I really don't know how many educators are going to do the interview. I also asked my classmate how the interview goes. She only told me that when they interviewed her, they asked a lot of "what ifs" questions. I'm also looking for more info on how it goes. These are the things that I know so far, and the ones on the board. Hope it help.
  8. Visit  akmegs2 profile page
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    Thanks everyone for all the great info on here. Ukstudent, I see that you are in Annapolis...is the commute bad from there to WHC? I am very interested in the hospital but am worried about spending so much time in the car!
  9. Visit  jmunrs2010 profile page
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    ukstudent you were very helpful... thanks so much! I am graduating this May and am planninng to attend a Dream Day session either this December or early next year. I am so nervous about the interview process because I wouldn't want the interviewer to feel that I am not a critical thinker... AHHH. Anyway do you recommend going early or closer to graduation toa dream day? Do job offers depend on the time of year that you go? Any advice would be helpful.


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