I've been training for a couple of weeks at a small med-spa in southern California as a laser RN. I'm also being trained to do chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and perform skin consultations. My training period is unpaid but I'm going to start out part-time at $25/hr or 20% commission. This is my first RN gig and it's nothing like what I imagined myself doing (would have loved to do med-surg), but it's very low-stress, flexible, and I like my co-workers and learning something new/non-traditional nursing. However I won't receive any benefits and since it's a small clinic I can see myself having to pick up extra tasks here and there. My biggest concern is that this job will limit my career choices down the line as it isn't acute care and very soon I won't be considered a "new grad" anymore. I'm still applying to hospital jobs and even SNFs but it's been pretty tough to land an interview at most because I don't have previous work experience. Well I have two questions for you guys...
1. What do you think are the chances of a laser RN landing an acute-care hospital job after 1 or more years of experience in aesthetics?
2. I've already read previous/older threads on the subject, but I'd like to know what you guys currently think of new grads working at med-spas... worth replacing a hospital new grad program in this economy or not?