Recommendations for New Grad

  1. Hi everyone! I am graduating next month with my BSN and I would like to move to the Seattle area. I would love to work in Pediatrics, L&D or Mom/Baby. Does anyone have any reccomendations about hospitals I should apply to? Or does anyone know of hospitals in the area that hire new grads in general?
    Thanks for any advice you can give me!
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  3. by   huangsoRN
    Hi, I graduated in August and still have no job yet. I believe more than 1/2 of my class got hired but mostly by working as a nurse tech for the hospital or did senior practicum there. I have been applying to all hospitals in washington that accepts new grads and got 2 interviews but still have no job. I talked to the nurse recruiter in some hospitals and they said that every new grad position has 100+ applicants... It is possible to get a job in Seattle but it may take sometime and luck If you want to work in pediatric, go for seattle children's and Swedish, Franciscans for L&D.
  4. by   Nathansnelly
    Def check out children's hospital. That would be a great place to get your foot in the door and gain experience in that area. I know that they used to hire new grads but haven't heard of anything lately. I am from two ours north of Seattle and the people that work in L&D never leave their job so there is hardly ever an opening.
  5. by   ChelseaFaith
    Hi there!!

    I just graduated from Seattle University in June but took my time studying for the NCLEX and have just started to seriously look at jobs in Seattle again and right now they are a bit sparse but still out there. Let's just say I graduated in a cohort of 62 and I would say well over half of them have gotten jobs in the Seattle area within practically every hospital. Alright so brain drain on Seattle hospitals:

    Seattle Children's:
    Seattle Children's is a great choice if you are wanting a peds position. Just a heads up that they post new grad positions on Wednesdays. G4 or G3 units post a lot of new grad positions, those are both surgical units. The medical unit is another area that usually posts quite a few positions (makes sense as I believe that there are three or four floors and 125-150+ medical nurses at the facility). While it may be hard to get your foot in the door, if you did your senior practicum on a pediatric unit you have a good chance of getting in, they take nurses from everywhere

    Harborview and UW Medical Center:
    Not known for it's L&D or Pediatric units really, BUT they both are known for hiring a lot of new graduates. I loved my clinical at Harborview, but I have never stepped foot in UWMC, they have great Med/Surg units at both hospitals.

    Swedish Medical Center:
    Swedish is great for L&D/Postpartum etc. they also post individual positions for new grads (at least that is what I have seen). I did my maternity rotation at Swedish and I have to say that they lived up to the reputation of popping out a lot of babies , if you prefer a more natural approach to birthing I would definitely look into Group Health (though I don't know of anyone that has gotten or even tried to get a new grad position there so it's really not on my radar).

    Valley Medical Center:
    The BEST professor I ever had at SU was our maternity professor, this is the hospital that she works at. It is a great facility and has a really strong set of nurses. One of my close friends did her maternity rotation there and said it was fantastic. The nurses are caring and make a ton of extra effort to make the birthing process a good one and the birthing center is really nice.

    That's all I can really think of now. I haven't looked at Franciscans at all so can't really speak to its L&D reputation.

    Best of luck! And congrats on graduating with your BSN!! It has been a tough four years of classes and clinicals, I hope you get a job soon!!