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Job offers before graduatiing?

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Hello all! I've been very curious as to how some nursing students have already accepted a job offer before graduation?

Ive read that they started applying during their last semester because they can for a graduate nurse position.

Do they have to go through an interview just like everyone else or are they just offered a position because of maybe work ethic or what could be every possible reason????

That Guy, BSN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in Emergency/Cath Lab. Has 6 years experience.

I don't ever see how anyone would be offered a job without an interview, especially a new grad. There might be some bias towards them because they are known but I know I had to go through 2 rounds of interviews, first was with all the managers of the hospital, second was with the floors that wanted you. But yes I applied second semester and was offered a conditional job following NCLEX completion.

umbdude, MSN, NP

Specializes in Psych/Mental Health. Has 4 years experience.

I think someone in my cohort got a job offer from a new grad program at a large research hospital weeks before graduation. The new grad program accepts application months in advance and offer jobs toward the end of the semester. Obviously, you can't start unless you pass NCLEX.

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

I think someone in my cohort got a job offer from a new grad program at a large research hospital weeks before graduation. The new grad program accepts application months in advance and offer jobs toward the end of the semester. Obviously, you can't start unless you pass NCLEX.

At least in some states, one can start working as a graduate nurse right after school with a permit ...before passing NCLEX.

My hospital will take applications your last semester of school. Also I work as an extern so I will probably end up signing a two year contract at the beginning of my last semester. You absolutely still need an interview though.

umbdude, MSN, NP

Specializes in Psych/Mental Health. Has 4 years experience.

At least in some states, one can start working as a graduate nurse right after school with a permit ...before passing NCLEX.

That is true. My state doesn't have that, but I have heard some states do. That makes sense.

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 44 years experience.

My hospital makes job offers to students all the time. The students go through the regular processes of applying, interviewing, etc. The only difference is that the job offers are "conditional on passing NCLEX."

I graduated this past May and I had my signed job offer last February. It is very common in my area to get a job lined up before graduation. However those offers are made with the contingency that you pass NCLEX. I think only one hospital in my area hires GN's. Some felt better waiting to look for jobs until after they passed NCLEX. For me it gave me something to work for.

Additionally I did sit through an interview process

I think it's kind of both. But you definitely have to interview. I'm finishing a new grad fellowship now and I accepted the offer before graduation.

I got several offers before I graduated. I applied to the hospital system I wanted and they sent my resume to the units I was interested in.

I then interviewed with the managers of those units and was given offers.

The unit I picked was the unit I did my practicum on. The NM watched me work during practicum and told me even then she wanted me.

The other managers offered me positions based on my resume and my performance in the clinical scenarios they presented.

It's definitely possible :)

ETA: The offers were contingent on me passing NCLEX and we were not able to actually start until we had license in hand.

I began to apply mid way through my last semester.

It's pretty common here. On our 7th semester, clinical coordinators and other nurses from the hospitals in the region come and talk to us to offer internships. I had two offers before starting my 8th semester. The one I picked offers reviews and books for us to study and pass the NCLEX but we are expected to pass, and if possible, start working with the GN permit. We went through a formal job interview with all the unit directors, a little intimidating.

bluescrubs, ADN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Corrections, Surgical. Has 1 years experience.

I don't ever see how anyone would be offered a job without an interview, especially a new grad. There might be some bias towards them because they are known but I know I had to go through 2 rounds of interviews, first was with all the managers of the hospital, second was with the floors that wanted you. But yes I applied second semester and was offered a conditional job following NCLEX completion.

Second semester? That's fast. If you don't mind me asking were you in an accelerated program or an ADN program? I see a lot of people start applying maybe one month before graduation or the last semester.

If you can get a nurse apprentice position, (usually open to 2nd-AS/4th-BS year students) those will often lead to a job with that hospital and hopefully the department you want to work in.

bunnehfeet, BSN

Specializes in RN-BC, SCRN. Has 4 years experience.

This mirrors my experience too. In my traditional BSN program the last (5th) semester is Summer, only 8 weeks so it isn't surprising we start looking for jobs in our fourth semester. Programs for new grad nurse residency programs typically begin Spring and Fall here. Applications for Fall programs opened in March and I applied to every program, and interviewed with all the programs that called me (because even if you don't plan to get a job at that facility, interview experience is invaluable).

I interviewed in March, April and May at different facilities, accepted a job in early June, graduated at the end of July. Began as a nurse extern the first week of August (my choice), am taking NCLEX first week (tomorrow) of September. My nurse residency program begins first week of October.

I know people who didn't look early and did get jobs, and I also know people who have been looking to get into programs as long as I have and haven't found a position yet. YMMV, but if you need to ensure you're getting in somewhere I would definitely start early. Many of the people I graduated with got jobs where they did practicum or were techs during school. There weren't any positions open for Fall where I did practicum. The same hospital system did offer me a job at a different facility but it was at a hospital 1.5 hours away which for me was a deal breaker. Good luck in your search!

verene, MSN

Specializes in mental health / psychiatic nursing.

There are a few in my cohort who were offered jobs before graduation. One in particular was offered a job by the manager of his senior practicum unit. The manager was highly impressed by his performance on the unit as a student and had open positions. She told him if he had interest in continuing with the unit she would love to hire him. I think he did still have an interview with her but it was very informal.

The others applied in advance of graduation and went through the formal application and interview process. Their start states were all for after graduation and were contingent on passing the NCLEX.

Nature_walker, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in psych. Has 5 years experience.

I accepted a job offer before I graduated. I applied, interviewed, and was extended a provisional hire letter. It was contingent on my passing school and the NCLEX to actually start working. I was not on the floor before that, once I passed NCLEX, I attended orientation, had a preceptor, and am still on the unit and loving a over a year later.

KelRN215, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pedi. Has 10 years experience.

Hello all! I've been very curious as to how some nursing students have already accepted a job offer before graduation?

Ive read that they started applying during their last semester because they can for a graduate nurse position.

Do they have to go through an interview just like everyone else or are they just offered a position because of maybe work ethic or what could be every possible reason????

Literally everyone I graduated with had accepted job offers before we graduated. All offers were contingent on passing NCLEX and obtaining licensure. I was offered and accepted my job in March, graduated in May, took and passed NCLEX in June and started in September (by choice).

I interviewed with the Nurse Manager, the Director of the department and HR. This was the floor that I had done both my pediatric clinical and my preceptorship on and though I had applied before my last semester started, it was right before spring break when my preceptor asked me if I wanted a job on that floor and then said something to the director the next morning. She then reached out to HR to schedule the interview.

Nurse Beth, MSN

Specializes in Med Surg, Tele, ICU, Ortho. Has 30 years experience.

My hospital makes job offers to students all the time. The students go through the regular processes of applying, interviewing, etc. The only difference is that the job offers are "conditional on passing NCLEX."

Mine, too. The Job Search starts as a student.