When we asked for suggestions for blog topics on the FMH Facebook page we received the following idea from a nursing student approaching her graduation date:
How about nursing opportunities for new graduates? I’m a senior nursing student and many hospitals around the area are not hiring new graduates due to the time and cost of training them.
I’m pleased to pass along the news that Frederick Memorial Healthcare System is not limiting new hires to nurses who have prior experience. For certain specialized positions, experience may be preferred or even required, but there is no blanket rule in place.
The FMH Training and Organizational Development Department (TODD) actually offers an internship-style program for new graduates twice a year. New graduates are paired up with experienced nurses for up to 12 weeks, depending on the unit and the nurse. The hospital also offers classes on topics like basic dysrhythmia, infusion therapy and laboratory interpretations.
In fact, FMH spends a lot of time training nurses new to the organization whether they have experience or not. Nurses who have worked in a hospital setting generally have a six-week orientation process, beginning with four days of classroom study and two days of computer training. For a more detailed look at the orientation process, read over our RN Orientation Daily Agenda.
The best way to find your place at FMH is to visit the employment section on our website. There are always openings, both in nursing and in other areas of the hospital.