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New grad, done an interview and shadow, what's to expect for the process from here?

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by SarahRN717 SarahRN717 (New Member) New Member

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Hey everybody, I just recently graduated and passed my NCLEX. I applied for one position at a hospital and I ended up interviewing for 6 different units. So I interviewed on Tuesday, Friday they had me come in to shadow 5 of the units. ( I did several clinicals and had my preceptorship there and many of the unit managers knew me) And now it's Tuesday the next week. I've been talking to my preceptor who works on one of the floors and she said I should be expecting an offer today. How would the offers work? Are they going to call? Email? Call me into the hospital to talk about it? And then after I've accepted an offer what's the path from there generally. New to having a big kid job and I just don't really know what to expect! Also I'm between 2 units, i imagine they won't offer at the same time so can I ask for 24 hours to think about it? Or whats the etiquette on that. Thanks! 😅

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myoglobin has 11 years experience as a ASN, BSN, MSN and specializes in ICU, trauma, neuro.

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Usually, they will send you an "offer letter" which specifies your starting pay and other details. I'm not sure if it helps, but I almost always send a thank you card after an interview and I usually run about 50% (on getting job offers) after interviews, despite being a terrible interviewer and having at best average references.   

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NICU Guy has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

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Usually HR will call you with the offer. You can inquire about the other applications if the offer is not your first choice. For me, I went through the interview process for each job individually. They asked me which of the four applications was my first choice and interviewed for my first choice. If I didn't get an offer, we moved onto my second choice. Fortunately, I got my first choice.

If you accept, they will let you know your start date. They will also send an email with all the details (start date, pay, where to go to on the first day). 

I got an offer Thanksgiving week. The hospital system does Onboarding once a month, so the next available spot was January. Once I completed those days (covering insurance, benefits, payroll, your badge), then I went to my unit for the unit orientation.

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not.done.yet has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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It depends on the hospital. The one I am at now does written offers only, sent via email. Others do a phone call followed by the written offer. If you are interviewing for a new grad residency they will let you know when it starts and some of the general details at the time of your offer. Good luck.

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Just now, Didizain said:

can you tell me about the shadowing and interview process

Yes! Well first the recruiter called me and set up the interviews. She also offered me interviews for positions I didn't apply for but I figured why not. I interviewed with 2 floors so a total of 5 units. So the one floor I did one interview with 5 unit managers and same thing with the floor above. Some questions that caught me off guard were "what's the last act of kindness you did" and a clinical questions asking me to explain the process of a patient in A. Fib RVR for a progressive cardiac unit. All other questions were pretty typical for any interview. Anyway- after the interviews all the unit managers met with each other and decided who they wanted (this is likely different at other facilities) after that the recruiter called me with what floors were interested in having me come shadow. When I shadowed, all I did was pair up with someone and they showed me the floor, had me greet other staff members and kinda talked about what a typical day/night looked like for them. I personally didn't have a peer interview, but I know people who have. After the shadow which I did over two nights on the 5 units, I waited 3 days and the recruiter called back and told me 4 of the units had offered me a position and explained all the pay, benefits, hours, and the process from then on. I called back the next day and accepted. Don't expect to start all that soon after you accept a job, there's a lot of paperwork, and other testing. I just started yesterday after accepting the position July 19th. Hope that was helpful! I know all facilities run a little different, this was just my experience. 🙂 Good luck! 

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