What does a RN job application process look like?
I am an international student studying Nursing in Miami and I have no idea what to expect of the job application process to look like.
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Look for a new graduate program if you can. That's the best way to start in my opinion and many hospitals have them very well planned out. I didn't know this when I got my license, but you CAN start applying for jobs BEFORE you have your actual license. Look around and apply in your last semester/quarter. If it's not okay with them...they will tell you. Be sure to be honest on your resume/curriculum vitae. Have a few people look over your Resume/C.V. prior to submitting it. Feedback is usually helpful.
After your application is received by Human Resources, you will generally receive a call from a Nurse Recruiter who will screen you for potential positions within the Organization. They may also suggest another position in which they may feel you are better suited. From here, you will be scheduled an interview, either online or in-person, with the Unit’s leadership team. (Be yourself! Personality is key.) Depending on the role, you may have a group interview with current team members.
Post interview, the Unit’s leadership team will rate you again other candidates and make a decision on who is the best for their unit. This decision is given to the Nurse Recruiter and the Nurse Recruiter will provide you with the outcome of the interview. Some Organizations will send you an email with the decision as well so make sure to have a professional email handle.
Another opportunity is to go to a job fair. There, you can meet with Unit leaders and Human Resources who will answer all questions you may have. The entire process can take months so it’s best to start early, typically two months before graduation. A conditional job offer can be given under the condition that you pass the nursing state board exam.