Hey umslalum! I'm a new grad as well, and I accepted an offer to start in the ambulatory surgery unit within a local hospital.
I wasn't sure about it myself to be honest. I'm thinking of future opportunities in case this program ends after a year and there's no permanent full-time position available. I applied through this program for a med-surg position, and I was told this unit is med-surg level too. After some Googling, I found an orientation packet for junior fellows for the same hospital, and the unit was mentioned! It gave me a tiny bit of an idea of what the RN would do in this setting, but I'm still nervous about it.
I've heard and read a lot of good stuff about the experience you can get, but I'm also concerned that it would be too fast for me to properly learn as a newbie. For my unit, it sounds like I'll be able to practice my skills with IVs, medications, EKGs, labs, etc. I'll also be able to work both pre-op and post-op (after PACU stabilizes the patient) from what I've read. I do have years of non-RN experience in a SNF, so I'm counting on the flexibility I gained in that position, and applying it to this position. Since I have no nursing experience, I imagine it would be a struggle to keep up and know right off the bat what important things to look for with each case... Like kngl said, I worry the experience would be too much for a new grad. The person who interviewed me really stressed that it was fast paced, and one of my interview questions
asked about how to deal with angry patients too. I've read here that usually more experienced nurses will move into these positions? I'm told the unit I'll be on sees both inpatient (requiring hospital admission) and outpatient (same-day surgeries), so I'm hoping this will count for acute experience as well... I've read other nurses say it won't count, and others saying it will. Crossing my fingers that it will so I'll have options, just in case.
I'm just as uncertain about the opportunity as well, but we should remember that this is exactly that! It's an opportunity. I intend to keep my skills and knowledge base up as much as possible while in this program so I can either stay or move on after the year is up. I'm really hoping that I'm a good fit though, and that I can stay beyond that year. Good luck with your interviews!