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I will be graduating with my ADN in May 2020. I’ve begun the job application and interview process. For background I’m in the triangle area of NC so I’ve been applying to mostly Duke, UNC, and Rex and some at WakeMed. I have an interview at Duke today with a cardiology step down unit and one next week at UNC with an acute care pediatric unit. Pediatrics is where I REALLY want to be. I’ve worked on the peds floor, PICU and peds ED and I know it’s where my heart is. I currently work at UNC and I’m close with one of the supervisors on the floor I’m interviewing for there and it feels like they will offer me the job (she’s said she’s really advocating for me), then again I don’t want to assume that because I thought I would be offered a job in the ED I work in now and they didn’t, stating it was because I was an ADN and not BSN. I’ve essentially been told they have to fight HR for it if they want to hire an ADN. I don’t want to accept an offer at Duke only to back out a week later (definitely don’t want to be blacklisted) but I also don’t want to decline the job and then not get the peds job. Does anyone have any advice here? Would I really get blacklisted if I accepting a job and then changed my mind within a week or two if I’m wouldn’t be starting until July or August?

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42 minutes ago, pinkdaisyx3 said:

... I don’t want to accept an offer at Duke only to back out a week later (definitely don’t want to be blacklisted) but I also don’t want to decline the job and then not get the peds job. Does anyone have any advice here? Would I really get blacklisted if I accepting a job and then changed my mind within a week or two if I’m wouldn’t be starting until July or August?

In my opinion, if you are offered a position after the interview at Duke, accept it.  However, after doing so I think you sould continue the application and interview process elsewhere, particularly at UNC if that is where your interests lay.   If you are offered a position at UNC, accept it.  After doing so contact your recruiter at Duke, thank them for the offer and inform them that your situation has changed and that you need to rescind your acceptance.  If you do this in a timely and professional manner, you will not be blacklisted at Duke.  

Best wishes.

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mmc51264 has 8 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes.

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If you are at UNC and they won't hire you in the ED b/c you have an ADN, then, being devil's advocate here, why would they hire you for a Peds postion? I would think they would take into consideration that you have been a good employee at UNC and hire you where you are. Had a friend that was an EKG tech @ WakeMed for >4 years while she got her ADN. They didn't have a position for her. Their loss. She went to the ED in the Duke system and is an unbelievable nurse. 

Duke will hire Watts students who have diploma RNs. Bad juju from UNC if they won't support their own. The unit I work on, we have hired ADN nurses who were aides while they went to school. Great transition. Duke RN here

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3 hours ago, pinkdaisyx3 said:

... I currently work at UNC and I’m close with one of the supervisors on the floor I’m interviewing for there and it feels like they will offer me the job (she’s said she’s really advocating for me), then again I don’t want to assume that because I thought I would be offered a job in the ED I work in now and they didn’t, stating it was because I was an ADN and not BSN. I’ve essentially been told they have to fight HR for it if they want to hire an ADN. ...

I'm not sure where the individual that told you this got her or his information from.  UNC still hires  nurses with associate degrees into all units, with the understanding that you must start/complete their BSN in a specified number of years.  I don't recall the exact number, but it is easily doable.  Plus, UNC still offers tuition assistance as well as tuition waiver if attending a school within the UNC system.

13 minutes ago, mmc51264 said:

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... Bad juju from UNC if they won't support their own. ...

Yes, if true.

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Essentially, what I was told is that we had more techs that already worked in the ED than positions to give out, granted I had been there longer and work more hours but was also the only one getting an ADN and not BSN, so as far as I was told, they were pushed to hire the BSN grads who also already worked there over the ADN grad. I mean I get it, but it also stung a lot because I’ve worked myself to death there since the day I got hired. That being said, after talking to a few people it seems that if I do happen to get the peds job and rescind my acceptance from Duke within a short time frame, it shouldn’t hurt my relationship with Duke. My interview at Duke this morning went really well and they’ve requested that I submit my references so I feel that’s a good sign and if nothing else I did like the unit I shadowed/interviewed for! 

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mmc51264 has 8 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes.

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It will be UNC's loss ❤️  I still think it is a crappy thing to do to you. 

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So, as an update: 

Interview with Duke went well. They asked for my references and said they would be in touch with me about an offer once they received my references. 

My interview with Pediatrics at UNC is on Monday by phone (thanks coronavirus). 

Tonight I get a call from the ED at UNC saying they had a new grad spot open up and wanted to offer the position to me. They already knew I had an interview in peds on Monday so they said they understood me wanting to wait to make my decision. The recruiter made it seem as though I would be offered both jobs (not holding my breath). 

So now I know for sure I will likely turn down the job at Duke. However, I'm really conflicted about whether or not I accept the ED job or the peds job (if they offer it to me). On the one hand, in the ED I would be able to learn SO much and get experience with both adults and peds, however, part of me is still a little off put that I wasn't their first choice (obviously it's not the end of the world). On the other hand, I know I LOVE pediatrics, and the supervisor I know there has gone above and beyond to do everything in her power to get me this job and I would feel terrible to get it and end up turning it down (though I know she would also be very understanding). Either way, I never in my wildest dreams imagined being in this position having to choose between two highly sought after new grad positions. 

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