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    Mount Sinai Med. Center Orientation

    My advice is to follow up by sending e-mail to the CNM after a week or so since the interview. Be more creative than making just a phone call to HR/unit since most of the time CNMs are busy in meetings, etc. You can accomplish more in a brief e-mail than via a rushed conversation over the phone that perhaps won't give the CNM the best possible impression of you. And never repeatedly call; it's bothersome. They truly are busy people with meetings to attend, unit issues to address and issues to follow up and a ton of e-mails and phone calls to return – everyone wants the CNMs time and attention, and there's only so much they can give. This is why it's necessary to begin your e-mail by first thanking the manager for their time and being given the opportunity of meeting with you. The rest of the e-mail will be a brief recap of what you presented of yourself during your interview with no new information (CNMs have limited time/attention) with a focus on convincing the CNM that you're the best possible candidate for the position and reasons that they should invest time and money in hiring/training you. Summarize your strengths and accomplishments personal, academic and professional and how they will translate to your ability in achieving/contributing to the unit/organizational goals of optimum patient/family outcomes, improved quality indicators and excellent patient/family experiences as outlined in the Hospital VBP Program. CNMs are focused on meeting and exceeding these goals as this translates to greater reimbursement for the unit/organization or a loss of revenue if these goals are not met. Help the CNM understand what it is you bring to the table. Determine what qualities CNMs are looking for in potential candidates, and you will be better able to understand how to present/frame yourself and the sort of things you need to say to match their needs and become the candidate they want to bring on board. Also, HR can be the bottleneck sometimes but the ultimate decision of whom to hire is made by the CNMs, and depending upon when they want the position filled is when they'll make the request to HR to make the offer of employment, which is the very first step. Absolutely nothing starts unless you're made an offer. That's why it's important to follow up with the CNM. It's also important that you have multiple interviews at multiple organizations, to increase your chances of being hired and eventually getting your foot in the door and obtaining your clinical nursing experience.
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    St. Paul's School of Nursing Fall 2016

    I went to St. Paul's School of Nursing. Finished off my BSN at Adelphi University, which is NLN accredited (I don't really care) with zero, zilch, nada issues. Now, I'm working for a top private hospital at about $90K/year. What is your issue, exactly? Can't quite understand why one is making a big deal as long as you can take the N-CLEX at the end. Care about what you're learning and what kind of nurse you're going to be to our sickest of patients. Are you going to bring value to the nursing profession by protecting our patients utilizing evidence based practice? No idea about evidence based practice and can't make the connection between advancing nursing education and nursing professional power? Don't even bother becoming a nurse. This profession will challenge you to the core. You may not have the experience, but you'd better be ready to have a discourse with medical professionals and why your role is necessary to patient care while simultaneously understanding that we are providing a service that is subject to regulation organizational and statutory.
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    Mount Sinai Med. Center Orientation

    I'm merely estimating according to the weekly/yearly rate that they officially e-mailed to us at Sinai, since they also expect us to divide it by 37.5 hours weekly, but thanks for clarifying.
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    Mount Sinai Med. Center Orientation

    It is currently about $87K, which includes the base salary + BS education differential.
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    Mount Sinai.....Getting a foot in the door

    Sorry, but it is all about who you know and also you MUST have a BSN. It's a very big issue if you're trying to get into Mount Sinai and NYP without a BSN. The job market is very competitive now and with a lot of people holding a BSN and hospitals wanting to maintain their magnet status, all their nurses have to be BSNs without exception. I just got hired within the Mount Sinai system and it's because of a connection. I also know a unit manager in another hospital within the MS system and he was going to hire me, but I took another position in another MS hospital. The bottom line is the unit managers are the ones doing the hiring. The recruiter begins the hiring process after the unit manager chooses you. So I recommend that you go out there and take jobs in nursing homes, agencies and network and become friends with your coworkers because your coworker could move on to Mount Sinai, NYP, whatever hospital of your dreams, and be your hook. That's exactly what happened to me.
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    How Can New Grad RN gain experience to land a job as a RN

    I got a job in a nursing home through through an agency. Orientation was minimal (less than a week). I was pretty much learning as I went with some very helpful advice through coworkers. However, I dreaded going to work every day, especially on the weekends when it was one nurse on the floor to 35 residents and only 4 CNAs. I just couldn't do it anymore, so I left. Worse is that the facility wasn't using computerized charting or MARs and TARs, which meant signing your initial a few hundred times. I think that's how it is in most nursing homes as many of my friends and classmates shared similar experiences. The point is just getting one's feet wet and meeting other nurses/friends that may be able to help you in the future. The most important thing in getting into a hospital is networking. You may get hired over someone else much more qualified just because you know a supervisor or unit manager. Many of my friends and classmates have done this, and now i can confirm that it's the reality.
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    How Can New Grad RN gain experience to land a job as a RN

    Arguments against the BSN are over as the market has decided that BSNs are the better hire over RNs experienced or not. I graduated in 2010 and landed my first job in a nursing home through an agency in 2012. I did half a year there and absolutely hated it! That ended up getting stuck on my resume as the only experience I had which is probably why I got no interest from employers. I decided that I needed to get my BSN if I ever hoped to get into a hospital so I enrolled into a program and got my BSN within a year since I already had a BS in another discipline. Just before graduating I managed to land a job through my excoworker from the nursing home who had moved on to a top hospital in the city. While I was finishing up my BSN, she told me to drop off my resume one evening, and I met with her supervisor who has a lot of pull in the unit. She told me she would get me in. That informal meeting was in April. After graduating, I had an interview at another hospital that didn't go very well, and I was feeling pretty bummed out, especially since I had a lot of hooks in the organization. That same day, I got a call from my friend's unit manager to come in for an interview later that week. It went so well that she hired me right at the end of our meeting before I left and she told me she would e-mail the recruiter to start the hiring process. It took a month from the interview to actually get a meeting with the recruiter she had e-mailed, and even then I had to initiate the contact with the recruiter via e-mail after waiting for a call from HR for 3 weeks (I had tried to figure out her e-mail through trial and error). Lessons learned? Take the nursing home job to start networking with other nurses and form friendships that go beyond the workplace. Get your BSN. Try to get informal meetings with unit supervisors or managers. Look your best. It's so difficult to get into a hospital with no experience unless you're the best of the best. Very few people are the best of the best, therefore everyone else is your competition and that's why it's so important to have hooks. Jobs don't just fall into people's laps, especially not in NYC. Even if you have all the hooks, you still have to present yourself as if you're competing against other highly qualified candidates, but be humble about it. If you're lucky enough to be hired, don't wait for HR to call you - you must call them, but be tactful. That's what I've learned.