Say for example I know which hospital I want to work in or which type of hospital (size, demographics, etc). Would I have an advantage over other new grads if my program did clinicals at that hospital? What about at a hospital similar to it?
Some people, not hiring personnel mind you, say just graduate get your RN you'll get a job anywhere blah blah... But if I try to put myself in a hiring manager's shoes it makes sense to to me to answer my questions with a yes. But then again I've never been a manager in a hospital.
Apr 11, '07
It all depends on a lot of particulars about the situation. For example, if the school has a terrible reputation and provides a poor education, the fact that you did some clinical rotations there might not help you at all. In other situations, in which the school has an excellent reputation and the hospital has had great success with hiring its new grads, then it could be a help.
People get hired (or not hired) based on particular factors relevant to their particular situation, the individuals involved, etc.. Hiring decisions are not based on general principles that apply to everyone in all situations.
Start by choosing a good school with a good reputation in the community that will give you the best education you can reasonably afford. Then, work from there to make yourself attractive as a new grad to hire.
Apr 11, '07
I think people really do care where you went to school! In all of the interviews I had, the recruiter and/or nurse managers commented that they like grads from my school because we have almost double the number of clinical hours that other ADN programs in our area have. We are a very small program, so we get loads of individual attention in clinicals. Also, since most of us start working as GNs, they appreciate the fact that we have a 100% NCLEX pass rate (for the past two years). One school in our area has a really poor passing rate, and one nurse manager said she won't hire those grads until they have already passed.
I met the nurse manager who hired me while doing clinicals on her floor. I made a point of telling her then that I really wanted to work for her.