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Hi, I am a newly licensed RN and I have recently been invited to interview for Oncology and Med /surg as a new grad in what they call the StaRN program. I have been trying to start my career in the hospital since I passed my boards in November of 2019. However, now that the opportunity has presented itself I am unsure what to do because I am 17 weeks pregnant. The program is set to start in July and I am due in December. I notified HR when they reached out to ask if I was still interested about my pregnancy and despite that they would still like to interview me for a position. My question is if this is a good idea or if I should wait until after I deliver to try again. If I did wait though I will be past my 1st year of nursing and will no longer qualify for a new grad program. Any thoughts or advice is appreciated. Thank you!

Nurse2417

Has 2 years experience.

Talk with the interviewer for their input!

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@KDK_RN

hi! Is your new grad program for RCH?! I just applied to their StaRN program and got an interview! Super nervous about it. Wondering if you went through with the interview and if it’s for the same hospital.

On 8/13/2020 at 9:32 AM, Navelyn said:

@KDK_RN

hi! Is your new grad program for RCH?! I just applied to their StaRN program and got an interview! Super nervous about it. Wondering if you went through with the interview and if it’s for the same hospital.

Hi Navelyn!
Did you have your interview yet? I got an interview for a StaRN program in the Bay Area and was wondering how yours went? Do you know if there will be multiple interview rounds or is it just the one in person interview?

Thank you!

@KDK_RN

Hi! CONGRATS on getting an interview! Yes! My interview was yesterday. I feel like it went really well! No real tough questions... Alot of personality type questions. Tell me about yourself, tell me about a time when you helped a pt etc. Why do you want to work in ICU. Why do you want to work for this hospital....It was for ICU. Fingers crossed I hear some good news! As of right now, the HR lady said it was only going to be 1 interview. It was a panel of 3 (Unit manager, Day shift charge and Night shift charge).

Let me know how yours goes!

42 minutes ago, Navelyn said:

Hi! CONGRATS on getting an interview! Yes! My interview was yesterday. I feel like it went really well! No real tough questions... Alot of personality type questions. Tell me about yourself, tell me about a time when you helped a pt etc. Why do you want to work in ICU. Why do you want to work for this hospital....It was for ICU. Fingers crossed I hear some good news! As of right now, the HR lady said it was only going to be 1 interview. It was a panel of 3 (Unit manager, Day shift charge and Night shift charge).

Let me know how yours goes!

@Navelyn

Thank you so much for your reply! I’m sure you did great!! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you as well 🙂

I interview tomorrow so I’ll let you know how it goes!

@AJRN

I got the offer today! Start 9/14. Im praying I get my ATT soon from BRN. I submitted my app 6/18 & still no word....

Im so happy though!

29 minutes ago, Navelyn said:

@AJRN

I got the offer today! Start 9/14. Im praying I get my ATT soon from BRN. I submitted my app 6/18 & still no word....

Im so happy though!

CONGRATS!!! You are going to be a great nurse!

I just had my interview today and thought it went well! They asked similar questions to what you had!

Crossing my fingers that you get your ATT soon! I applied for mine May 1 and got an ATT 6/29, so I think yours will come soon!

@AJRN I hope so! I just checked processing time and as of 8/24 it is STILL showing that they’re reviewing May 1-15 apps. It’s been like 6 weeks with absolutely no change....

nw17, BSN, RN

Has 2 years experience.

@Navelyn Hi there! I have an on demand interview with RCH tomorrow! I was wondering what your experience thus far has been like there as a new grad. From what I have seen from all of the StaRN posts, it sounds like an awful place and people leave way before their 2 year contract is up. How has it been working there the past few months?

@nw17

 

Hi! From what I constantly am hearing from everyone is that it SUCKS. As for me and other StaRN’s on my unit (MICU-Covid unit) it’s not too bad “socially”. Our unit is very tight knit. Everyone is very helpful. BUT everywhere else I hear is BAD. There’s tons of drama in SICU... Tele and CVU is a nightmare.. working conditions throughout hospital are poor. We are always short. Don’t get breaks. Don’t get lunch. Nurses feel unsupported. 
 

but as a new grad... you don’t really know any different so it’s tolerable... but I do hear a lot of people are quitting/leaving to Kaiser. Also, from my unit, new grads don’t stay past a year. That was emphasized during my interview too which was weird. 
 

what unit are you interviewing for?!
 

 

 

nw17, BSN, RN

Has 2 years experience.

@Navelyn Hahah I guess that is true! As a new grad we would not know any different. But okay thank you for the information. That makes me feel a little better knowing it is not an awful experience for you as a new grad.

The StaRN application for this period said it was specifically for Med/Surg Tele units. I did my on demand interview and it went pretty well. Did you have to do a second in person interview as well or just the on demand?

@nw17

I also did an in person interview. The. Within the week I got the email with the offer. Best of luck! I heard med surge is its own beast. A lot higher of a pt ratio (5 or 6) vs ICU. But then again they are way low acuity. Also be mentally prepared to encounter Covid. It’s running ramped at our hospital. 

nw17, BSN, RN

Has 2 years experience.

@Navelyn I did my on demand interview Friday so hopefully I hear about an in person interview sometime next week!

I accepted a job offer at another hospital and have to start within the next week or two. It is getting down to the wire for me! I will keep you posted. Thank you for your help!

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