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!