Hey @thenurseguy88, I haven't posted enough so don't think I can reply to your PM, but here's the info:
Hey! The nursing director on the ortho floor didn't ask any clinical area specific questions - she asked about dealing with a difficult patient, time you made a mistake, time a family member was unsatisfied with their care, things along that line. I tried to work surgery related examples into those to show subject matter knowledge. On ICU they may ask a few more subject matter questions (urgent patient situations, etc), but maybe that's more to find fit for the ICU setting vs. med surg.
I interviewed on 12/13, shadowed on the floor 12/22, had an offer on 12/26.
In re: pay, it's a union hospital so you can read the contract online that includes hourly and differentials info: just search mwhc collective bargaining agreement. I don't think the pay grade changes with non-RN healthcare experience.
I live in DC in Dupont Circle and love it, but it can be pricey and a few miles from the hospital. There are lots of great neighborhoods very close to the hospital that are affordable - I would look at Shaw, Bloomingdale, Columbia Heights.