Northwestern Memorial Hospital Interview Process - page 2

Hello! I have been a nurse for a year now and am looking to score a position a Northwestern Memorial Hospital. I have had the phone interview with HR, the personal interview with the managers on the... Read More

  1. by   netglow
    If you read back and on I think another thread, Northwestern has all but cut its orientation for new grads, although it is hiring new grads. This is confusing to me, I don't understand why they would trash themselves in this way. But RNs from NW have confirmed. They are wanting to increase profit and sacrifice nurses and patient care it seems. So it seems after a few short shifts you'll be on your own.

    I'd think they would pass on you, unless delivery is expected so soon that you'd be done prior to your first day on the job. If you can turn it around that fast. Some can. I had someone in my nursing college class get the deed done a week before clinicals started up again - there she was limping across the hospital parking lot... never complained.
  2. by   cita
    Ya this was my fear. I wish they could have called for the interview towards the end of April. Then I'd be all set. Oh well. I am excited about my new little one and if they are too blind to see that I am a hardworking, ambitious mother then thats their issue. Not sure I want to work for a place that can't see past something that isn't even permanent.
    Still haven't heard anything, and I am not surprised. I think I will call at the end of the week and check in. Thanks for the reply!
  3. by   fnazir
    It took them almost three weeks to get back to me in response to the status of my application and I went through the whole shebang (refer to previous posts). But to be fair, I only followed up with a thank you letter after shadowing to be polite but I knew in my heart that the job wasn't for me and I would decline if extended an offer. They made it easy for me and sent an e-mail saying they went with someone with more experience. Although I was devastated because I still was with out a full time job I knew it was not meant to be. Just remember that "all that glitters is not gold." You're right, if they cannot see your drive and ambition and look at your pregnancy as a barrier then they may not be a right fit for you! It took me seven months to find my dream job in Chicago as a new grad, and I'm extremely lucky because I know new grads who have been out of school for over a year in Chicago and are still searching. Best of luck to you, and hope you land your dream job wherever it may be!
  4. by   netglow
    cita, it's not prejudice - it's that you will be unavailable in the near future. Nobody is going to wait for a new grad for any reason. You simply have nothing to offer them that they cannot get +1000 at a moment's notice, without strings attached.
  5. by   cita
    Well it is a little prejudice. I have over ten years of medical experience within the Army and am not a brand new first time graduate out of school, this is my second Bachelor's degree. I honestly feel that if you are qualified for a position then you should not be denied it, based on pregnancy. I was honest even before interviewing that I was pregnant and that if that was going to be an issue, I would rather wait to interview for any positions until after the birth of my child.
    I'm not going to sweat it though. I know that if you want something bad enough you will achieve it and eventually, I will be where I want to be. I appreciate the comments, from the sounds of it Northwestern is looking for fresh blood, which also may be another issue they had with me, who knows! Still waiting.
  6. by   netglow
    Nursing doesn't care what you used to do before you got your RN license. You pretty much go back to "0". Lots have other degrees, and also healthcare experience if you read posts here on AN. The other healthcare experience might help you get an interview, or even block you.

    I think you are right about "fresh blood". When I was just out of school, those that had years of tech experience were passed over often for RN jobs in favor of those without any healthcare experience, but who had family or VIP connections that made then a forced hire. Some of these forced hires were very poor students as I recall. Could be they knew they had a job... didn't care to study. That's hard news when the market is tight and there are few places considering NGs. That waiting list filled with those who have family connections is loooooonnnnnng.
  7. by   fnazir
    I can attest to that...nursing is my second bachelor's as well, and I have previous healthcare experience from my undergrad. I even picked up a part-time home health job while looking for a job in the acute-care setting so it would look good on my resume. No one I interviewed with cared about my other degree/previous healthcare experience or my home health job. As netglow said you go back to "0". Stay positive and keep looking even while waiting for NWM to get back to you.
  8. by   cita
    Positivity is my middle name, especially with all the pregnancy hormones! Just kidding. I will be fine either way. Called the recruiter yesterday just to F/U but to no avail. Left a message and haven't heard back yet. I was recently selected for a VA nursing position, so if all else fails I will hopefully have a job there. I'm not worried about being employed, I just really wanted to work on this unit. But in time all will reveal itself and I will hopefully be settled into some sort of job and routine. Thank-you everyone for all the words of wisdom! I'll keep you posted with any response from NWM.
  9. by   SleeepyRN
    Does anyone know if Northwestern accepts ADNs who are currently pursuing their BSNs with approximately 8 months to go?
  10. by   srg4784
    I sure hope so, I really want to work there as it's a great system and 6 blocks from where Im planning on moving
  11. by   cita
    Looks like after all the agony, they decided to hire me! I start after I have my baby. Can't wait! Just wanted to update everyone. Good luck to all.
  12. by   fnazir
    Congrats!! Glad everything worked out for you, best wishes for you and your new loved one!
  13. by   adducci3
    Can anyone give any insight on what the recruiters ask you during the phone interview?