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I have heard good things about Froedtert...your experience there will be good and will look good on a resume!!!! I myself am disappointed from a hiring standpoint at Froedtert. A good friend of mine and I have applied there for ICU and ER jobs. There are ads constantly in nursing journals and online that they are looking for ICU/ER nurses. We are both been nurses for 10 years, both have our CCRN's, even went to their open house back in February. Both have applied for multiple ICU and ER jobs...and have hear nothing in over 6 months...so I guess in my book right now, Froedtert is a bit of a joke! Most likely hiring internally or you need to know some big wig in the offices!
I work there and it is a good place to work because of the 7/70 schedule. However, they have frozen the wages for now. If you want to know more, PM me.
I was looking into applying at Froedtert as a new grad, but frankly the 7/70 schedule scared me! Sometimes I'm spent after just 3 12hr shifts in a row - don't know how anyone lasts 7 10hr shifts in a row! I imagine the plus side, however, would be when you take vacation you get 3 weeks off...
I do like the concept of the schedule that it provides more continuity for the patients. So I give kudos to all the nurses who do the 7/70 schedule (and actually like it!) Just don't think I could do it!
I have known Froedtert nurses who job-shared and split the 7/70 with a partner. This wouldn't work if you wanted a full-time position, but for those looking for part time, it seemed to be a good solution.
Good luck on your interview! It will most likely be in two parts. First, you will meet with an HR recruiter who will ask you the standard questions: strengths / weaknesses, experience, why you want to go into nursing, how you heard about Froedtert, what your thoughts are on customer service. Then, you will drive to the hospital and interview with the NM. That part for me mostly consisted of me asking about the floor, a tour of the floor, etc. Not many tough questions at all. Bring two copies of your resume: one for the HR recruiter and on for the NM. Let me know how it goes!
I used to work at Froedtert and the experience was great. I saw such a vast majority of patients... The 7/70 was great in the beginning, however I could not handle it the longer that I was there... For one whole week I was a zombie and the week off was spent catching up on laundry, sleep and running my household... I am now at a hospital doing 3 12 hour shifts and much happier...
Since you're still in school, it's a good idea to apply for their new grad intern positions as close to graduation as possible. It is very difficult now getting hired for their regular staff positions with no RN experience.
New grad positions? Times have changed. I just talked to nurse recruiter and she said since it was a competive market that I should only apply for med surg positions that dont require any experience...i asked if there was any and she told me to keep checking ( not at this time) but the kicker was...i cant even work as a CNA to get my foot in the door at that hospital--its too much liablity for the hospital for me to work as a cna with a RN license. Talk about a double-edge sword. So, hospital new grad jobs are far and few. Other avenues are the only opertoonites.