Children's National DC Spring 2021

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Anybody have updates regarding their application? I applied to Heme-Onc, Medical, and Surgical!

possiblern98

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Specializes in Pediatric. Has 3 years experience. 5 Posts

On 1/2/2021 at 1:45 AM, nicurn96 said:

Hey everyone! I work in the NICU at Children's (I just started their new grad residency in September) so I'm more than happy to help if anyone has questions! Every unit is different but just for reference, I applied in early March, interviewed in early May and got my offer on May 27th! It's a long process (the NICU gets ~500 applications and hires 10-15) but so worth it. So yeah, just wanted to pop in and encourage all of you that you will get through it, it's a tough process but you'll end up where you're supposed to be. If anyone has questions I'm here! 

Hi I am contemplating apply to Children's national in the Fall! I was wonder what the starting pay is? I'll be a pediatric nurse for about a year. I currently work in something like the float pool where I oriented to the PICU, heme/onc, med/surg, and neuro unit. I just want to know I'm making the right choice because the cost of living in DC is much higher! 

jellybeanri

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Has 1 years experience. 49 Posts

5 hours ago, possiblern98 said:

Hi I am contemplating apply to Children's national in the Fall! I was wonder what the starting pay is? I'll be a pediatric nurse for about a year. I currently work in something like the float pool where I oriented to the PICU, heme/onc, med/surg, and neuro unit. I just want to know I'm making the right choice because the cost of living in DC is much higher! 

Hey! I received an offer for the new grad residency program for the CICU. They are offering $29/hr to start plus differential for critical care pay, night shift, weekend shifts, etc. I am also struggling with this decision right now since the cost of living in DC is so high. I'm worried because this does not sound like it's enough to live off of in that area ?

newgradnurse327

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14 hours ago, jellybeanri said:

Hey! I received an offer for the new grad residency program for the CICU. They are offering $29/hr to start plus differential for critical care pay, night shift, weekend shifts, etc. I am also struggling with this decision right now since the cost of living in DC is so high. I'm worried because this does not sound like it's enough to live off of in that area ?

I received an offer too for the new grad program! Alexandria and Arlington are very close to DC and slightly more affordable, so that is always an option!☺️

jellybeanri

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Has 1 years experience. 49 Posts

8 minutes ago, newgradnurse327 said:

I received an offer too for the new grad program! Alexandria and Arlington are very close to DC and slightly more affordable, so that is always an option!☺️

Thank you I will definitely have to check those places out!! Did you also get an offer for the CICU?? 

Is the salary they are offering typical for the DC area/do you feel like it is enough to live off of?

GQuit_28

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14 hours ago, jellybeanri said:

Hey! I received an offer for the new grad residency program for the CICU. They are offering $29/hr to start plus differential for critical care pay, night shift, weekend shifts, etc. I am also struggling with this decision right now since the cost of living in DC is so high. I'm worried because this does not sound like it's enough to live off of in that area ?

Ahhh that's awesome! I received an offer as well for their PICU! I would definitely recommend the Northern VA area (Arlington, Alexandria) like the person below or in Montgomery County in MD. They have a lot of new developments there and they're fairly cheap. I wouldn't recommend DC unless you can find a roommate to help split the costs with you, also parking is super complicated there. 

jellybeanri

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Has 1 years experience. 49 Posts

1 minute ago, GQuit_28 said:

Ahhh that's awesome! I received an offer as well for their PICU! I would definitely recommend the Northern VA area (Arlington, Alexandria) like the person below or in Montgomery County in MD. They have a lot of new developments there and they're fairly cheap. I wouldn't recommend DC unless you can find a roommate to help split the costs with you, also parking is super complicated there. 

Congrats that's so exciting! I will definitely check out those places as well. I've also heard that Mt. Vernon is a good place to live? 

GQuit_28

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Just now, jellybeanri said:

Congrats that's so exciting! I will definitely check out those places as well. I've also heard that Mt. Vernon is a good place to live? 

It really is. It's very calm and quiet in that area and perfect for people who love the outdoors. There's a nice trail that takes you from Old Town Alexandria to Mount Vernon. The apartments there are just not as new as the ones you'd see in Arlington/Shirlington or Montgomery County. Unless you mean the Mount Vernon area in DC?

jellybeanri

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Has 1 years experience. 49 Posts

1 minute ago, GQuit_28 said:

It really is. It's very calm and quiet in that area and perfect for people who love the outdoors. There's a nice trail that takes you from Old Town Alexandria to Mount Vernon. The apartments there are just not as new as the ones you'd see in Arlington/Shirlington or Montgomery County. Unless you mean the Mount Vernon area in DC?

Yeah, I think it's the Mt. Vernon in Virginia! I'm not too familiar with the area, I am from CA so I have been trying my best to learn about the desirable areas before I think about making the "big move."

14 hours ago, jellybeanri said:

Hey! I received an offer for the new grad residency program for the CICU. They are offering $29/hr to start plus differential for critical care pay, night shift, weekend shifts, etc. I am also struggling with this decision right now since the cost of living in DC is so high. I'm worried because this does not sound like it's enough to live off of in that area ?

Hey! Congratulations on your offer (and everyone else who's gotten an offer too)!! It's an incredible hospital, I absolutely love working at Children's and I'm sure you guys will too! So keep in mind with the $29 an hour, you also get ICU pay (an extra 3 per hour I think) plus differentials. To give you guys an idea of what it's like, my rent including parking, utilities, etc is around $1500 per month, and my paychecks (depending on if im on nights or days) are between 1800 and 2300, so 3600 to 4600 per month. So it's very, very doable! 

 

Like everyone is saying, Arlington is for sure a great place to live. I actually live here now (in the Ballston neighborhood) and it takes me 20-25 minutes to get to work, even with traffic. I would 100% recommend arlington over other places just because it's the most like DC (lots of big buildings, restaurants, bars, young people, etc) but a little bit more affordable and still close to work. If anyone has any housing questions (or any kind of questions!) please let me know! 

jellybeanri

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Has 1 years experience. 49 Posts

1 minute ago, nicurn96 said:

Hey! Congratulations on your offer (and everyone else who's gotten an offer too)!! It's an incredible hospital, I absolutely love working at Children's and I'm sure you guys will too! So keep in mind with the $29 an hour, you also get ICU pay (an extra 3 per hour I think) plus differentials. To give you guys an idea of what it's like, my rent including parking, utilities, etc is around $1500 per month, and my paychecks (depending on if im on nights or days) are between 1800 and 2300, so 3600 to 4600 per month. So it's very, very doable! 

Like everyone is saying, Arlington is for sure a great place to live. I actually live here now (in the Ballston neighborhood) and it takes me 20-25 minutes to get to work, even with traffic. I would 100% recommend arlington over other places just because it's the most like DC (lots of big buildings, restaurants, bars, young people, etc) but a little bit more affordable and still close to work. If anyone has any housing questions (or any kind of questions!) please let me know! 

That's good to hear!! Thank you for the info! How has it been for you alternating between day and night shift? That's something that is new to me. I know as a new grad that I should expect to work nights for a while but alternating between days and nights sounds like it could be rough.

NewGradBSN_2020

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Hi everyone! 

Congratulations on your offer! I received an offer for the CICU. For those who received an offer, did you receive an intent to offer? They told me we will receive our official letter and contracts in February.