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Potential new employer trying to rush me into accepting job offer.

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Hi fellow nurses!

(This is my first post, so I hope I'm not breaking any rules and posting it under the correct topic.)

I just recently passed the NCLEX and have now started my job hunt. I had my first interview today at a LTC facility and got offered a job on the spot. They are now trying to rush me into accepting the offer, even though I told that I still have other interviews lined up this week. Is this a red flag or is it common for things to move this fast?

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juniper222 specializes in Pre Nursing.

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I would be cautious, they sound either reckless or desperate to me.  Do they require you to sign to a commitment?  Look online to see if any people who have worked for them have grievances.  If you get a chance to visit, pay attention to attitudes.  I've noticed that glum workers are often an indication of a poor work environment.

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amoLucia specializes in LTC.

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It MAY or MAY NOT be a red flag. Some places are very good facilities but a sudden BIG loss of staff can cripple a facility which makes their recruitment efforts seem urgent.

Do be careful though.  Attend your other interviews and make your decisions based on your comparisons. Previous poster makes good suggestions re doing some research.

I ask is the facility advertising (for a long time?) and has the DON changed recently? That would make me quite leery.

I've been wined & dined for an on-the-spot interview. I declined the offer - glad I did. The facility did have major problems.

Congrats & good luck.

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MemphisRN specializes in Hospice.

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Run, don't walk from this job offer. If you think there is something odd about it then you didn't get a positive connection. I took 2 jobs where I thought the interview was weird and the hiring process included a quick offer and not much else. I left both jobs in less than 4 months! The culture was toxic and nothing was as it was presented to me. Hard pass!

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Thank you for some good feedback!

I did get somewhat of a weird/bad vibe. They're only doing walk-in interviews and they had me waiting for almost 1.5 hours, I was ready to leave by the time they finally got to me. The facility wasn't the nicest. Asking me if I could start tomorrow without making a formal offer, and just kind of assuming that I'm for sure taking the job? The job has only been listed for a few days, which made it seem weirder to me that they're willing to hire me right on the spot without reviewing more candidates. 

The offer itself is pretty good, good hours and good $$. I think I'm worried that I won't get offers anywhere else (since I'm a new grad) and then having turned down the one offer I did get. I also do have this bad habit of overthinking things.

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amoLucia specializes in LTC.

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#1 - that 1.5 hr wait is NOT up & up. And with your further information, something doesn't sound right to me either.

If they're still hiring after a little while, you could just look into it again. But for now I rec further looking

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in school nurse.

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LTCs are often desperate for staff, bad LTCs even more so...

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kp2016 has 20 years experience.

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4 hours ago, sjukskoterska2020 said:

The facility wasn't the nicest. Asking me if I could start tomorrow without making a formal offer, and just kind of assuming that I'm for sure taking the job? The job has only been listed for a few days, which made it seem weirder to me that they're willing to hire me right on the spot without reviewing more candidates. 

The offer itself is pretty good, good hours and good $$. I think I'm worried that I won't get offers anywhere else (since I'm a new grad) and then having turned down the one offer I did get. I also do have this bad habit of overthinking things.

You are not overthinking it. Exactly how much orientation do they plan to give you when you start "tomorrow night" They are targeting the fact that they think you don't know any better. Go to your other interviews.

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Two areas in nursing where one need not be immediately alarmed about an on the spot job offer are LTC facilities and extended care home health. Both types of employer tend to have immediate needs, even for only a “warm body”. What is concerning though is the request to start the next day with no onboarding. They should have cleared the table to get your employee file started as soon as their fax or phone call revealed that you possess a clear license. Never start a new job without your employment forms being filled out first.

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Nurse SMS has 9 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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Hard pass.

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10 hours ago, sjukskoterska2020 said:

I think I'm worried that I won't get offers anywhere else (since I'm a new grad) and then having turned down the one offer I did get.

The good news (if you can call it that) about a place that wants to hire you instantly, almost without vetting and properly onboarding you and definitely without orienting you--is that they will be in that exact same position for the foreseeable future.

Really check out your other options. 

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MemphisRN specializes in Hospice.

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10 hours ago, sjukskoterska2020 said:

Thank you for some good feedback!

I did get somewhat of a weird/bad vibe. They're only doing walk-in interviews and they had me waiting for almost 1.5 hours, I was ready to leave by the time they finally got to me. The facility wasn't the nicest. Asking me if I could start tomorrow without making a formal offer, and just kind of assuming that I'm for sure taking the job? The job has only been listed for a few days, which made it seem weirder to me that they're willing to hire me right on the spot without reviewing more candidates. 

The offer itself is pretty good, good hours and good $$. I think I'm worried that I won't get offers anywhere else (since I'm a new grad) and then having turned down the one offer I did get. I also do have this bad habit of overthinking things.

The offer is pretty good, good hours and good $$? Compared to what? You need to go to the other interviews and see what they are offering. Do they offer Medical, Dental, Vision, STD/LTD, Optional Enhanced STD/LTD, FSA, Basic Life, Supplemental Life, Business Travel Accident Insurance, AD&D, Optional AD&D, Critical Illness Insurance, Accident Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, Auto and Home Insurance, Legal Plan, 401K with Generous Match, PTO >22 days to start, Bereavement Pay, Jury Duty Pay, Tuition Assistance, Scholarships, Adoption Assistance, Credit Union, Perks Program, EAP, Humanitarian's Fund?  My healthcare facility offers all of this as well as flexible self scheduling, CEUs and free parking. Does this LTC offer more than this?  And a LTC that pays more than the hospital?  Do your homework. You are letting FEAR of not finding a job influence you into taking the first thing that comes along. Don't do it. Your RN license is a very valuable commodity. Use it wisely. Set yourself up for long term success. Also, look at where you want to be 5 years from now. Has your dream always been to work in LTC? If so, then find the best one to work at. If not, don't do it!

 

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