job help

  1. I will be graduating in May and am planning to work on a med/surg floor for a couple of years. Here's the deal. I went to two interviews on the same day. The first one was about 25 minutes from where we'll be living, they don't pay that great, staff seems nice, benefits are terrible, and they called me the next day to offer me a job. I told them that I appriciated their offer but that I would need a week to think about it

    The second hospital is where I want to work. I'm pretty sure the interview went well and I know they have plenty of job openings. It's only 5 minutes away from where we are going to be living, the pay is alright, benefits are better, etc. I really want to work there. But they haven't called! My question is this, how long should I wait to hear back from them? I don't want to say yes or no to the hospital until I here from this one. I just can't stand this waiting game!

    Also, I thought about sending a thank-you note to the person I had my interview with. It was last week Wednesday, should I email, fax, or postal mail it?

    Thank you so much for the advise
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  3. by   Brownms46
    I would send the Thank you card by mail...and then I would follow up with a phone call to the person...and see how the decision making is going. If you have the ability to wait for the position of your choice...I would do so. If you go to the other position...and then hear from the hospital that you really want....then turn around and tell the first hospital you're no longer interested.."I" feel that would do a disservice to the first hospital, and the propective applicants who did really want a position there. You have already IMHO expressed the desire to go with the second hospiital....and I would stick with that you say they have several positions open. If you were holding out for a specfic position would be different.

    Good Luck in whatever route you take...
  4. by   Reabock
    I would say, if you can wait it out, wait for the one you reallyn want to call you and I would send through the postal service a Thank you, not an e-mail or a fax. If just seems more professional to me, though times are a changing and I could be way off on that! Many new grads over the years have come to our facility as it was the first one to get back to them, even though it was not always their first choice (rural area- hospitals few and far between) Most feel guilty when they do hear from the facility they really wanted but usually end up quitting ours and going with the other facility even before the orientation is done. I usually encourage them to go with what they feel is right for them, don't tell my administration I do that!!! LOL!! but my feeling is they need to do what is right for them and our rural facility is oftn not challenging enough for some and I know I am in a rut after 25 years and would hate for someone else to make the same mistake.
  5. by   RNPD
    Definitely send the Thank you note-I would prefer hand written on nice stationary, if your handwriting is nice, otherwise typed.

    Try to wait for the one you want. The note might remind them to call-especially if you end it with something like-"I so enjoyed my tour of your facility and feel that the teamwork I saw there is just what I am interested in. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon, about possible opportunities at City Hospital"

    Good luck!
  6. by   lovewell
    I pony expressed a word processed (my handwriting stinks) thank you letter today. How long does it normally take for them to get back to someone? I guess my biggest fear is that they would forget about me. I just have a hard time waiting. It also might help if I get off my computer and quit tying up my phone line! Thanks everyone for the replies.