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  1. Thank you for the helpful advice! I ended up reaching out to the hiring mgr/unit director of Hospital A to thank her for the working relationship and also let her know my situation. She got back to me right away! She completely understood and shared with me that in the last year, the unit has experienced a shift into having a lot of less experienced RNs join since veterans have recently retired/resigned etc. Therefore, it was borderline not safe to bring on another new grad at this time. She told me to reach back out to her in a year or two, when I'm ready to make a move over to Hospital A. Had I never reached out, I would never have known this predicament. A big lesson was learned today in terms of always remaining professional, and keeping the lines of communication open to build a network for the future. Hopefully this is helpful to new grads navigating the job search!
  2. Start early in your search! The market will get saturated quickly. Definitely apply to the RN residency program in your area. Some may be competitive, but like you say, you will already have your resume ready to go, in case those don't come through. I would also recommend finding RN hiring events/job fairs to get your resume directly in front of nurse recruiters. Ask for their business card and continue building the relationship/follow-up after the event. Sometimes nursing conferences invite hospital recruiters. Do all the leg work you can NOW and prepare as though you already have an interview (i.e. look at area hospitals/reports cards to determine where YOU want to work). Start formulating responses to potential interview questions using the STAR method of behavioral-based questions. The interview and hiring process can take 2-3 months in the best of circumstances. Best of luck to you!
  3. Though I never received an official offer from Hospital A, I formed a relationship with the nursing staff over the course of 10 month project/clinical internship. During that time, I was deliberate to establish a relationship with the hiring nurse manager and express my interest in obtaining employment after graduation. The hiring manager was open to considering me, but only after I obtained my RN license. I have now received a job offer from Hospital B, pending my RN license. Hospital B is a smaller hospital, but competes at the level of a large hospital, in terms of patient quality and safety. I'm interested in leaving the door open for future employment with Hospital A, after I have gained a few years of experience. Any tips on how to communicate to Hospital A that I will be accepting this "bird in hand"? The nursing specialty I have entered is a small professional community, even in the large city of Chicago, and I would hate to burn bridges. I would like to leave the door open with Hospital A, as I view it as a longer-term career opportunity with growth potential. Thanks!

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