New Grad RN Programs in Charlotte, NC: Looking for input!

  1. I will be moving to Charlotte as soon as I graduate in July from an accelerated BSN program in Maryland and I am in the process of applying to the new grad programs at CMC and Presbyterian Hospital. I would really, really love to hear from anyone who has done either of these new grad programs as far as the application process, the selection/interview process, what units new grads ended up working in, etc. I really would like to get hired for ICU/critical care, so if anyone can shed any light on whether or not these hospitals even hire new grads in the ICU that would also be really helpful.
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  3. by   Wens823
    I just graduated in December and have just passed the NCLEX and I can tell you that there are New Grads from May that still do not have jobs. Charlotte has 7 nursing schools in the area and we are all fighting for the handful of new grad jobs that are available. Unless you are already in Novant Health or CMC system the chances of being hired are slim to none. Sadly, I have applied for around 50 jobs and have had no luck. CMC sent out a letter to all new grads, who are not currently working for them as CNA's already, stating they will not be going forward with applications. Hopefully by the time you graduate it will be somewhat better. Good luck in nursing school and with NCLEX!
  4. by   Spoiled1
    Novant (Presbyterian) and all of their affiliate hospitals (Forsyth Medical Center, Rowan Regional) are hiring new grads. A lot of us from the Charlotte area are commuting to Winston to work and we're all in the intermediate critical care or the ICU. Some of us aren't even new gards! Good luck!
  5. by   tlm607
    I applied to CMS and sending in my application packet soon. Where did you find the application for New Grad RNs for Presbyterian? I've called twice and left messages to human resource nurse recruiter and sent 2 emails with no response. Please let me know where you found the application! Thanks!
  6. by   nursestudent743
  7. by   tlm607
    nursestudent743, did you get a response from presbyterian about sending in clinical references yet? when i sent an application to CMS they responded within 48 hours. just wondering!
  8. by   rosalita425
    I haven't heard anything back from Presbyterian (or Novant) either. I hope the let us know the date of their open house soon (which apparently is the only way to get an interview), since I am in school in MD and need a little heads up for travel. Before last week they had their clinical reference forms you could download and print out. I had printed them out awhile ago so I have them filled out, but I dont even know where to send them now since they took that off the site or if they are even what they are still using. Let me know if you hear anything back from them!!!
  9. by   tlm607
    I will ask around to other students i know applying and will try to call them again tomorrow! I'll let you know if i find out anything!
  10. by   rosalita425
    Apparently the contact person for the New Grad program at Presbyterian has left and now the entire Novant New Grad program is based out of Winston-Salem. I have been trying to contact the Winston-Salem office but no such luck yet. If anyone gains any additional clarity on the Novant program application process please share!!
  11. by   tlm607
    rosalita425, i haven't heard anything yet either. I've called a few different times with no luc, I keep getting transferred to a message machine. I talked to other classmates that applied and they havent heard anything yet either. I'm about an hour away from Charlotte. I'm going to keep working on it, I'll let you know if I hear anything!!
  12. by   rosalita425
    At least its not just me having trouble getting through! If anyone who has been hired in the past as a new grad RN at Novant/Presbyterian/Forsyth has any input for us on what yall did to get the info you needed that would be so great!
  13. by   tlm607
    did anyone go to the open house in winston salem, if so how was it??
  14. by   redhotzz
    This is my first-hand understanding of what the 'deal' is with ALL the NC hospitals as of this time, at least in the Charlotte vicinity: they are mandating ALL RNs that do not have a BSN, to get it IMMEDIATELY or look for a 'demotion' in job. They want PROOF that you are currently enrolled in a BSN program and check it each semester. Anyone in management, who doesn't take this advice is being sent back to 'floor nurse' status and pay. If you are a dinosaur, like me at 59, too bad so sad. I can join the others and get my BSN now OR retire OR leave to do ECF nursing or Home Health...and I got the message. loud and clear, that those options would only be for the few next years til all of dinosaurs DO retire.
    If you have a job currently at Novant or CMC (and they have ALL the hospital jobs now, pretty much) and are enrolled IN a BSN conversion program, then you can pretty much work as much as you can for now. I'm a young 59, but Nursing is my 4th career and I am TIRED and will not go to college again...for any career. I've retired, and really I am happy that I have. There are many disgruntled RNs around my age who don't want the added expense or only have less than 5 or 10 yrs til retirement to go and they are not going quietly (and also being written up for any cause possible)!
    We have been hearing, "You're going to need your BSN degree now" since I began my career in 1970. I suppose this is the only way to MAKE IT HAPPEN now, and probably the reason you are not hearing from any recruiters, internship programs, etc. It's a mess. I do know NC was one of the founding states to begin the Compact States Licensing so I am betting they are one of the states to do this mandatory RN,BSN conversion. I know young women in FL who have gone through not one, but two nursing programs and have a Bachelors in some other career, like Psychology or Biology and still can't get a job as a RN at this time...and they have been told so many different reasons for such. I can only speak about what I have been through. I believe that the RNs who already have their BSNs are being "encouraged" to either go and get their Masters in Nursing Science, or in Hospital Administration OR they can go back and convert to Nurse Practitioner or go to a PA program. I believe it is being done to get ready for all us Baby Boomers who are retiring and ALSO some huge change in our Healthcare System, which we all know HAS TO CHANGE. The Dino MDs will be retiring as well, and many new MDs will not want to do any form of Socialized medicine so more advanced practice RNs there are, they more responsibility they will be shouldering. Truly, i don't mind, as I have often been treated better by the ARNP in any practice than I was the male MD...not a slam, just fact.
    IF you know different about all this, PLEASE voice what you know or tell what you know. I just know what I have seen and been through. I look forward to hearing what other states are doing, as I was lead to believe this is going on nationwide. I hope this helps someone who was making a huge move and didn't know why they had not heard from any jobs they wanted.