Children's National DC Spring 2021

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GQuit_28

GQuit_28

24 Posts

2 hours ago, NewGradBSN_2020 said:

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.

Hi! Congrats on the Cardiac ICU! I'm not sure if what I received was an intent offer. I received an automated and personal offer via email and instructed to complete tasks online. After I completed all that, I wasn't given more information. You could be right though! 

On 1/17/2021 at 12:55 PM, jellybeanri said:

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.

It's really not too bad! For the NICU residency specifically, we do 3 weeks of days and then 3 weeks of nights in each phase. After you're done with all 3 phases and are on your own, you self schedule so you can do as many days and nights as you want (just not 100% days until you have like 2-3 years). It's definitely an adjustment (especially the first few night shifts LOL) but it's really not bad! Also just a side note, in the NICU we're allowed to take an hour long nap during night shift which a lot of people do (I don't because I'm not a good napper LOL). So that's always an option if you get tired!

I have an interview for the cicu! Would love some interview advice!

newgradnurse327

newgradnurse327

7 Posts

Hey! To the people that have accepted a position- have you received your on boarding email// done anything besides accept the offer? Thanks!

arodri203

arodri203

3 Posts

On 1/24/2021 at 1:10 PM, Lilyg_98 said:

I have an interview for the cicu! Would love some interview advice!

Hey! How was your interview? 

ees80

ees80

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 1 years experience. 38 Posts

On 1/18/2021 at 8:26 PM, nicurn96 said:

It's really not too bad! For the NICU residency specifically, we do 3 weeks of days and then 3 weeks of nights in each phase. After you're done with all 3 phases and are on your own, you self schedule so you can do as many days and nights as you want (just not 100% days until you have like 2-3 years). It's definitely an adjustment (especially the first few night shifts LOL) but it's really not bad! Also just a side note, in the NICU we're allowed to take an hour long nap during night shift which a lot of people do (I don't because I'm not a good napper LOL). So that's always an option if you get tired!

Hey @nicurn96 ! Would you mind private messaging me? I have some questions about the NICU process. Thanks!

tgreene22

tgreene22, BSN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Ortho/Neuro/Pediatric Med Surg. Has 3 years experience. 16 Posts

Hey everyone! Congrats on all who got job offers! I got an offer at Children's too and I am SO EXCITED. I will be on the 4 Main Unit! I am not a new grad though, been a nurse for about 2 years in July. For reference I have my BSN and my CPN (and with that Peds experience obviously) I am gonna be living in Silver Spring, MD- I found an absolutely INCREDIBLE apartment within my budget and I can't be more excited. I would love to talk to y'all more about this ?

Voiceofbeauty

Voiceofbeauty, BSN

Specializes in NICU. Has 1 years experience. 60 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! 

Heyy!! I just accepted a offer to work in the NICU starting in April! Can you give me any advice??? And what’s been your experience so far in orientation?

On 1/16/2021 at 10:23 PM, 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! @jellybeanri I just received an interview for CICU and PICU did you end up taking the CICU job? This is my dream job! Could you tell me a little bit more about the interview process and if you accepted the job, how the residency is going?!?

On 2/5/2022 at 8:55 AM, Voiceofbeauty said:

Heyy!! I just accepted a offer to work in the NICU starting in April! Can you give me any advice??? And what’s been your experience so far in orientation?

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you!! It's the best job in the whole world. I started in the fall of 2020 so I finished orientation almost a year ago (March 2021). It was absolutely the hardest thing I've ever gone through but you learn SO much and it really does prepare you for being on your own. My advice is to ask ALL of the questions- the preceptors are all amazing and everyone wants you to learn. So don't be scared to ask questions, ask for help, ask for particular experiences, etc. Orientation is what you make of it so just learn as much as you can and write things down! You might think you'll remember something but I promise, you'll be given so much information that you can never remember all of it, so keep a little journal in your work bag and write down everything! If you have any specific questions feel free to message me! 

Voiceofbeauty

Voiceofbeauty, BSN

Specializes in NICU. Has 1 years experience. 60 Posts

13 minutes ago, nicurn96 said:

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you!! It's the best job in the whole world. I started in the fall of 2020 so I finished orientation almost a year ago (March 2021). It was absolutely the hardest thing I've ever gone through but you learn SO much and it really does prepare you for being on your own. My advice is to ask ALL of the questions- the preceptors are all amazing and everyone wants you to learn. So don't be scared to ask questions, ask for help, ask for particular experiences, etc. Orientation is what you make of it so just learn as much as you can and write things down! You might think you'll remember something but I promise, you'll be given so much information that you can never remember all of it, so keep a little journal in your work bag and write down everything! If you have any specific questions feel free to message me! 

I’m gonna try to private message you! I have LOADS of questions 

Voiceofbeauty

Voiceofbeauty, BSN

Specializes in NICU. Has 1 years experience. 60 Posts

4 hours ago, Lienne Harrington said:

Hey! @jellybeanri I just received an interview for CICU and PICU did you end up taking the CICU job? This is my dream job! Could you tell me a little bit more about the interview process and if you accepted the job, how the residency is going?!?

If you get the offer, what would your start date be?? I just accepted my offer and start April 18 in the NICU. I’m looking for some others that’s starting with me to connect with!