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Confused about residency options

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I'm a career changer applying to ABSN programs. Several of these programs graduate each cohort in December. Is it common for top teaching hospitals to have new grad residencies that start in Winter/Spring? Or are they predominately geared towards those who graduate in May and start in September? 

Thanks!

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

First, you will not have to go to a "top teaching hospital" to get a new grad residency/internship. Most hospitals have them now and whether they are a teaching hospital refers to baby physicians, not baby nurses.

Yes, most hospitals have residencies for nurses and tend to cluster them to start immediately after the most common graduation dates. June/July and Feb/March are the most common. A few places will have a third rotation that starts in the Fall.

Good luck.

42 minutes ago, Nurse SMS said:

First, you will not have to go to a "top teaching hospital" to get a new grad residency/internship. Most hospitals have them now and whether they are a teaching hospital refers to baby physicians, not baby nurses.

Yes, most hospitals have residencies for nurses and tend to cluster them to start immediately after the most common graduation dates. June/July and Feb/March are the most common. A few places will have a third rotation that starts in the Fall.

Good luck.

Thanks for explaining! Honestly as I’m early in this process a lot of the hiring/immediate post grad stuff is still a mystery to me. 

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

3 hours ago, secondtimer14 said:

Thanks for explaining! Honestly as I’m early in this process a lot of the hiring/immediate post grad stuff is still a mystery to me. 

Just keep asking questions. No shame in not knowing. One day you will be able to answer them for others. 😉

45 minutes ago, Nurse SMS said:

Just keep asking questions. No shame in not knowing. One day you will be able to answer them for others. 😉

Thank you! In that case, two follow ups 😆 --

How long is a typical residency, and what's standard for hiring afterwards (all are hired, most, only the best few?) 

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

There isn't really a "typical" residency time - it depends on the hospital system and the specialty. It can be anywhere from 8 weeks to 6 months. 

Most hospitals you get hired and brought into the residency and paid like a new nurse. You are a full time employee and graduate from residency into independent practice on whatever unit you were hired and trained for. You will be under contract to stay with the system for two to three years most of the time.

Most hospitals don't wait to hire you until after residency. Once you are in residency, generally you are good. There are a few hospital systems that mark you as a contractor instead of an employee. I think HCA used to do this, but I don't know if they still do. I don't think too much of those.