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Hey guys I need your opinions for an issue I am having with Howard University Hospital nursing recruiters. I interviewed for a position in the ER about 3 wks ago. The interview went great and I knew I had the position however the problem is with the nurse recruiters. They did absolutely nothing. I had to call them to find out that I had actually gotten the job. They never answer their phones and never return phone messages. At one point I had spoken with one and she said she was going to call me back later on in the day and of course she never did. I called back later on that week and she says "oh you were supposed to call me back 2 days ago. I remember her clearly saying she was going to call me back. So another week goes by and I called back once again trying to get ahold of someone because I didn't know what to do at all. I spoke with another recruiter who was yet another person who never answered his phone. I have to call the secretary and she had to walk all the way over to their offices and let them know I was trying to call them. In order for them to pick up and I know first hand that they are not busy at all. Well the second recruiter I spoke with let me know what I needed to do to get started, but he didn't tell me my salary info and told me to call back. I did that MONDAY AND GOT THE other recruiter and she said that she need to speak with the Chief Nursing Officer and that she would call me back later on. Well of course she never did and I called again the next day. She told me that she was speaking the the CNO that moment and would let me know. Of course she didn't and when I tried to call back she has gone home for the day. I called back again and her story changes to that she is still waiting to hear back from the CNO. At this point I am extremely ****** off. I called the CNO and lodged a complaint about my experience with them. Do u guys think that was right of me to do especially since I haven't started working yet? I am not sure if I want to work there anymore.

honeyblpn

20 Posts

Specializes in LTC, LTAC, Rehab, Med-Surg.

YOUR EXPERIENCE IS VERY DISAPPOINTING. HUH IS ON MY LIST OF PLACES TO APPLY TO ONCE I GRADUATE (HOPEFULLY NEXT YEAR....IM AN EXCLESIOR STUDENT!). ID APPRECIATE ANY UPDATES ON YOUR SITUATION. HUH HOSPITAL IS NOT DISCUSSED VERY MUCH ON THIS BOARD. BY THE WAY,DID U EVER FIND OUT THE STARTING PAY FOR RN OR NEW RN GRAD?

HONEYBLPN

:uhoh3::uhoh3:

nakeia

86 Posts

Specializes in NICU.

This post was on page 3... should give some incite on how they are there... hope it helps!

https://allnurses.com/washington-dc-nurses/anybody-working-howard-372269.html

chachi1212

19 Posts

YOUR EXPERIENCE IS VERY DISAPPOINTING. HUH IS ON MY LIST OF PLACES TO APPLY TO ONCE I GRADUATE (HOPEFULLY NEXT YEAR....IM AN EXCLESIOR STUDENT!). ID APPRECIATE ANY UPDATES ON YOUR SITUATION. HUH HOSPITAL IS NOT DISCUSSED VERY MUCH ON THIS BOARD. BY THE WAY,DID U EVER FIND OUT THE STARTING PAY FOR RN OR NEW RN GRAD?

HONEYBLPN

:uhoh3::uhoh3:

hey im in excelsior also!! i found another EC student and we are preparing for the CPNE together!! we dont have CPNE dates yet though, If you are interested, let me know because it would be great study together a few times!!

honeyblpn

20 Posts

Specializes in LTC, LTAC, Rehab, Med-Surg.

Thanks for the invite!!!........but im no where near prepping for the cpne! I havent even completed all my gen eds yet. I still have micro and a+p to do. If i stay on trac with my study plans i should be done with by this time next year. :typing However i would appreciate you and your study partner keeping in touch with me! Im actually in Pa and im planning to move to the dc metro when i graduate from EC. Originally i thought i would end up in Philly, but there is a huge hiring freeze thing going on with new grads! I dont know many nurses/people in dc so any advice/insite will be appreciated!

honeyblpn

risa80

16 Posts

I had a very similar experience with HUH. I was disappointed in the nurse recruiters and their lack of cooperation even though they would "verbalize" interest in assisting you. I was very persistant...calling and going down there (I'm from PA so I wasn't happy having to travel to get "my" stuff). All in all I didn't want to allow the nsg recruiters darken my view for all so I just did what I had to do so I could be done with that department. I had hospital orientation already and begin on August 3rd.

My advice is don't let them get under your skin. If you really want to work at HUH call and call and ask to speak to the Chief of Nurse...go down there if you can...

Darn shame the hoops the nsg recruiters make you jump through...remember they have their jobs already and even though recruiting is their safety net they have the paperwork to show they "are recruiting"........go get your job!!!!

honeyblpn

20 Posts

Specializes in LTC, LTAC, Rehab, Med-Surg.
I had a very similar experience with HUH. I was disappointed in the nurse recruiters and their lack of cooperation even though they would "verbalize" interest in assisting you. I was very persistant...calling and going down there (I'm from PA so I wasn't happy having to travel to get "my" stuff). All in all I didn't want to allow the nsg recruiters darken my view for all so I just did what I had to do so I could be done with that department. I had hospital orientation already and begin on August 3rd.

My advice is don't let them get under your skin. If you really want to work at HUH call and call and ask to speak to the Chief of Nurse...go down there if you can...

Darn shame the hoops the nsg recruiters make you jump through...remember they have their jobs already and even though recruiting is their safety net they have the paperwork to show they "are recruiting"........go get your job!!!!

Hi Risa80!

When you start working, would you mind sharing your opinion on working for HUH? Maybe pros/cons. Also could you tell us what the base salary is for a new rn grad? Im trying to build a budget for when i move down to $DC$ !

By the way im from PA also!:up:

Thanks for your time!

honeyblpn

luvluv

43 Posts

Hi Risa80!

When you start working, would you mind sharing your opinion on working for HUH? Maybe pros/cons. Also could you tell us what the base salary is for a new rn grad? Im trying to build a budget for when i move down to $DC$ !

By the way im from PA also!:up:

Thanks for your time!

honeyblpn

Im sorry but this isnt intended to be rude or anything but can you just start your own topic about finding out the salary there or even call or go to the hospital itself. I started this topic because I wanted to know different people opinions on this situation I am having there.

honeyblpn

20 Posts

Specializes in LTC, LTAC, Rehab, Med-Surg.

First of all, usually when people start off by saying they are not "intending to be rude" they really are. Second, you know from your own experience getting an answer/reliable info from nursing administration/recruitors seems to be hit or miss. Third, like i said before no one really ever talks about HUH (as evidenced by the # of posts). Your original post interested me, so i thought id jump in and expand it a little. And last, asking about salary in a post about a certain facility is nothing new. Maybe your offended because i never really gave an opinion about your original post. All i can say is, do what you think is right, but be prepared to look for another job at another facility. Who knows how they handle internal complaints. They could be professionals or they could be petty.

good luck with wherever your career takes you

honeyblpn

ltsgnn

24 Posts

Specializes in Pediatric GI, Med-Surg, TBI, Pysch, ER...

hello, this is for nursecharchi1212 and honeyblpn. nursecharchi1212 i plan on taking health safety in one month can you give me any advice on studying? what did you use to prepare and how long did it take you to complete the nursing course exams? honeyblpn if you want a partner on your level let me know because i'm still finishing up prereqs too. i worked at howard university er for three months as an lpn and i enjoyed it. i left because i did not like working 8 hour shifts. i have a second job and it was hard to maintain it working five days a week at howard. only rn's are allowed to do 12 hour shifts. i learned a lot and got my acls while i worked there. it's a great learing place in the er and one of the reasons is the level 1 trauma bays. you can see and treat anything when you have a level one trauma area. i also enjoyed working with my african american community, i felt a since of family when i worked at howard. it's not all peaches and cream but i enjoyed working there. at howard university hospital you will met people from all over the world, the medical school and pharmacy school are very diverse. i also met different types of blacks from all over the world and that was assume to me. the patient population in the er were a mix but being in the city you will see lots of homeless people come and communicating with them is a learning experience. by gods grace and my hard work i can complete excelsior in one year and go back. i currently work as a gs employee at bethesda naval hospital and i still miss howard. holla :clown:

luvluv

43 Posts

hello, this is for nursecharchi1212 and honeyblpn. nursecharchi1212 i plan on taking health safety in one month can you give me any advice on studying? what did you use to prepare and how long did it take you to complete the nursing course exams? honeyblpn if you want a partner on your level let me know because i'm still finishing up prereqs too. i worked at howard university er for three months as an lpn and i enjoyed it. i left because i did not like working 8 hour shifts. i have a second job and it was hard to maintain it working five days a week at howard. only rn's are allowed to do 12 hour shifts. i learned a lot and got my acls while i worked there. it's a great learing place in the er and one of the reasons is the level 1 trauma bays. you can see and treat anything when you have a level one trauma area. i also enjoyed working with my african american community, i felt a since of family when i worked at howard. it's not all peaches and cream but i enjoyed working there. at howard university hospital you will met people from all over the world, the medical school and pharmacy school are very diverse. i also met different types of blacks from all over the world and that was assume to me. the patient population in the er were a mix but being in the city you will see lots of homeless people come and communicating with them is a learning experience. by gods grace and my hard work i can complete excelsior in one year and go back. i currently work as a gs employee at bethesda naval hospital and i still miss howard. holla :clown:

thank you!!! your post is exactly what i was looking for. thanks for that. i start work there on aug 3, also i used to be stationed and nnmc bethesda.

honeyblpn

20 Posts

Specializes in LTC, LTAC, Rehab, Med-Surg.

Hello!

To Itsgnn:

Ive been so busy! Id love to have a supporter/study partner! And thanks for the insight to HUH. It sounds like it could be a good place to work.

honeyblpn

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