Advice Please :)

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Has 2 years experience.

Hi!

I am currently working in a busy level one trauma center in DC. I have just finished my first year. Im on an IMC and ready to move on, I have always wanted to work in the ER. I was wondering if people had suggestions about hospitals/ if its really competitive to get a nursing job.

Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

I know Duke Health is openly hiring new nurses right now. Competitiveness depends on the unit you're applying too. How many years of nursing experience do you have?

MBNurse123, BSN, RN

Has 2 years experience.

A year, finished my nurse residency. My contract ends in oct. and my hospital is kind of a *** show. I was looking at UNC Rex or WakeMed. I'll look at Duke, just heard they pay like trash and Im making like $31 an hour at the moment.

rubyagnes, BSN

Specializes in Neurosurgical ICU, Emergency, Psych, Art Therapy. Has 6 years experience.

On 8/2/2020 at 8:41 PM, MBNurse123 said:

Hi!

I am currently working in a busy level one trauma center in DC. I have just finished my first year. Im on an IMC and ready to move on, I have always wanted to work in the ER. I was wondering if people had suggestions about hospitals/ if its really competitive to get a nursing job.

Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

@MBNurse123

I just moved from the Baltimore area to Durham. I was able to interview at Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Rex, and WakeMed. Interviewing is extra strange right now and took a little longer than expected. All of my interviews were either just by phone or zoom. I ended up accepting a position at UNC Chapel Hill, which was my first choice. Duke also offered me a position but was about $3 less per hour, UNC Rex said they'd respond but never did (which possibly is due to me accepting the UNC Chapel Hill job) WakeMed also offered a position but I had already accepted at UNC Chapel Hill. I was making close to $34 in Baltimore and now my base pay will be $30, but the differentials here are great and will hopefully make up for the difference. Both UNC and Duke offered relocation bonuses + a choice between a retention bonus or a pre-licensure student loan repayment bonus. A lot of apartments around the area also offer first months rent free or other moving incentives. Feel free to send me a PM for additional info if you'd like : )

MBNurse123, BSN, RN

Has 2 years experience.

This was so helpful! thank you!

I just heard from UNC rex for an interview. I am going to apply to other places but I would really like to be in Raleigh so it is probably my top choice.

tgreene22, BSN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Ortho/Neuro/Pediatric Med Surg. Has 2 years experience.

On 8/26/2020 at 9:03 AM, MBNurse123 said:

This was so helpful! thank you!

I just heard from UNC rex for an interview. I am going to apply to other places but I would really like to be in Raleigh so it is probably my top choice.

Hi! So for some reason I can’t PM you, and I know you don’t work at Duke but I applied for 5 different positions at Duke, all in the Children’s Hospital and I am wondering if you may know how competitive it is to get a job there? I have a year of inpatient peds nursing experience, 2 Bachelors degrees (one being my BSN) and my PALS certification and additionally A LOT of experience working with kids.

mmc51264, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes. Has 9 years experience.

It's competitive in peds, but it sounds like you have experience which should put you in a good spot. 

 

On 8/24/2020 at 12:07 PM, rubyagnes said:

@MBNurse123

I just moved from the Baltimore area to Durham. I was able to interview at Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Rex, and WakeMed. Interviewing is extra strange right now and took a little longer than expected. All of my interviews were either just by phone or zoom. I ended up accepting a position at UNC Chapel Hill, which was my first choice. Duke also offered me a position but was about $3 less per hour, UNC Rex said they'd respond but never did (which possibly is due to me accepting the UNC Chapel Hill job) WakeMed also offered a position but I had already accepted at UNC Chapel Hill. I was making close to $34 in Baltimore and now my base pay will be $30, but the differentials here are great and will hopefully make up for the difference. Both UNC and Duke offered relocation bonuses + a choice between a retention bonus or a pre-licensure student loan repayment bonus. A lot of apartments around the area also offer first months rent free or other moving incentives. Feel free to send me a PM for additional info if you'd like : )

Duke may be a couple of $$ less, but there are lot of other percs that make up for it. It's a great place to work, I wouldn't write it off for a couple of dollars 🙂