Cosmetic Nursing Job for New Grad - Advice Please

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    Hi everyone - after 9 months of looking for a job as a new grad, I just landed an excellent opportunity with a plastic surgeon. My job would be several different types of lasers, injections (botox and fillers), and OR circulation and some scrubbing and recovery. I can't pass it up in this economy and I think I would be a great fit for this position. I am wondering if it will really limit me down the road, I still don't really know what kind of nurse I want to be, I originally thought I wanted to work in L&D, but I don't know. I really would prefer the 3 day per week schedule that the hospital offers (and overtime pay), on the other hand this is no nights/weekends/holidays.

    Do you think this job will limit my options down the road? Or is any experience good experience? It's not acute care, but I figure it will open me up to the world of surgery centers, fertility clinics, maybe even home health. Do you think I will ever have a chance of working in a hospital again? Don't know that I would want to, I just want to know that I have that option if I need it. Regardless I'm taking the job and I'm super excited!
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    Off the cuff I'd say get some GOOD malpractice insurance of YOUR OWN. If it is the ONLY job then go for it, but I doubt it will further your career as much as you would like. Only my opinion.
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    Hey congrats!!!!
    P.s: when you are all trained up can you botox my frown lines pretty please?????
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    It sounds fun! I didn't know they had an RN job like that!
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    the OR/scrubbing and PACU experience would serve you well. As far as L&D goes, if the labor unit does their own c/sections, then your OR experience would be helpful.
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    You may be able to get a job in the OR at a hospital after you get some experience, then you'll have a good chance of getting 12 hour shifts.
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    My two cents -- any experience is better than no experience.

    Some nurses that have been practicing for awhile would kill for your job. It probably won't be a great place to learn a lot of new skills, but you'll get your feet wet and have a great schedule....and who knows? Maybe you'll be there for 20 years.
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    Quote from SparkleRN
    Hi everyone - after 9 months of looking for a job as a new grad, I just landed an excellent opportunity with a plastic surgeon. My job would be several different types of lasers, injections (botox and fillers), and OR circulation and some scrubbing and recovery. I can't pass it up in this economy and I think I would be a great fit for this position. I am wondering if it will really limit me down the road, I still don't really know what kind of nurse I want to be, I originally thought I wanted to work in L&D, but I don't know. I really would prefer the 3 day per week schedule that the hospital offers (and overtime pay), on the other hand this is no nights/weekends/holidays.

    Do you think this job will limit my options down the road? Or is any experience good experience? It's not acute care, but I figure it will open me up to the world of surgery centers, fertility clinics, maybe even home health. Do you think I will ever have a chance of working in a hospital again? Don't know that I would want to, I just want to know that I have that option if I need it. Regardless I'm taking the job and I'm super excited!
    Sparkle, I feel very qualified to give you my perspective about the new job. Congratulations !!!! Let's cover the good points : this position can be a foundation to develop your skills and confidence. Working for a plastic surgeon is a fantastic opportunity - I started as a surgical tech working plastics and oral surgery, now a registered nurse with almost 20 years of operating room circulating experience.
    Just keep your eyes open, check his credentials. Be safe, keep your patients safe - whether or not you have recovery room experience make sure you are never left alone with a post surgical patient. There are no shortcuts - no "simple procedures". I am not trying to scare you but when things go wrong in an ambulatory setting, they go wrong fast.
    Are you still "super excited " ???? You should be ! The job is a good one and I wish you the best. : )
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    I am a new grad (May 2010) and I just started at a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon last month. I am working with him on his regular skin cancer removal surgeries and then his cosmetic surgeries. We also do Botox, Juvederm, Zerona and many laser procedures.
    I took it because its very hard to find a job in NJ but its not something that I want to do forever. I love that I don't have to work nights, weekends, or holidays but its just not the hospital setting I was looking for.
    I was wondering the same thing... If I work hear for about a year and then I try and go into a hospital will I still get a preceptor and be considered a new grad?
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    This position sound so interesting and fun. I am also a new grad myself. If you don't mind me asking, what is the pay like? I am also exploring my options too Thank you.


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