Nursing Frequently Asked Questions :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the most frequently asked questions of our nursing recruiters. If you need more information or have an additional question, please call Human Resources at (614) 355-4123 and ask to speak with a Nurse Recruiter.

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Yes, we do hire new graduates for most of our RN positions. If we do not, it will state on the job description “no new grad opportunity” or in the job description it will list the years of experience needed.



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Yes, we do have a nurse residency program; however it is not a program that you apply directly into. If you are offered a position at Nationwide Children’s Hospital that participates in the program, then you are automatically enrolled.



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We do hire nurses with an ADN degree in all units except for the ICU’s and the Emergency Department. If you are hired with an ADN, you are required to receive your BSN within five years of your hire date.



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There are certain programs we do not hire from. We only hire from institutions that have full approval from the Ohio Board of Nursing and are CCNE or ACEN accredited. To check to see if your school has full approval from the Ohio Board of Nursing, please visit their website at http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/forms.htm.

To check if your school is accredited by the CCNE or ACEN, please visit their websites:



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Dress for interviews is business casual. You are not required to wear a suit, however it is always better to be overdressed than underdressed.



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Of course! We will interview all candidates who are within a few months of graduating/receiving their Ohio RN license.



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Please visit the Ohio Board of Nursing website at http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/forms.htm and go to “Forms for Nurse Applicants (Already Licensed in Another State)” and complete the required paperwork to submit to the Board.



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If you have applied for a position and it has been over two weeks since you have received a phone call or an email, please call our main Human Resources phone number at (614) 355-4111 and we can check up on your application and touch base with the appropriate recruiter.



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Depending on the time of year that you are applying, the candidate pool can become very competitive. If you have not been selected for a significant amount of positions, please feel free to call Human Resources at (614) 355-4111 and ask to speak with a Nurse Recruiter.



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It depends on the time of year in which you graduate. For May graduates, we recommend applying in late March/early April. December graduates can begin applying as early as August since the candidate pool is smaller during that time of year. Keep in mind that you have to take boards once you graduate and that can sometimes put you back a few more months; you cannot start in a position with us until you have successfully passed boards.



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When you are hired into a position, our policy states that you must stay in that position for one full year starting from the date you completed your department orientation before you are allowed to transfer departments, change shifts or FTE status.
 



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Yes, our Summer Nurse Externship opportunity is a 12 week program providing temporary employment as a patient care assistant. Along with hands on work experience, you will also have over 20 hours of educational activities, an assigned preceptor and opportunities for career development. The following requirements for the program are below:

  • Enrollment in a BSN nationally accredited nursing program

  • 3.0 GPA or higher

  • Two clinicals completed within a hospital setting, with two “excellent” references

  • Junior or Senior standing with graduation within 12 months



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700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000