UCSF clinical site vs. Various sites??? Help!

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    Hi everyone!

    I'm in a dilemma. I go to USF Nursing School in San Francisco and one of the clinical sites that my school provides is UCSF medical Center. However, in order to do your clinicals there you have to apply to be apart of the initiative. I just got word that I got accepted so that means I would be doing my clinicals only at UCSF for the next 3 years. Whereas if I choose to decline, every semester I will be placed in different hospitals throughout the Bay Area. Now i don't know which one to pick. UCSF requires more commitments than the other hospitals because you serve on committees. You are also contracted to apply for a job there upon graduation. (But there's no guarantee that you'll get one). Now I don't plan on staying and working in SF after I graduate so if offered a job I'm hoping it won't look bad if I decline it. But I'm just torn between my decision. Is is better to get that different experience or is it better to stay in one hospital and build that foundation, even though I don't plan on working there? Many of my closest friends did not get into it, so I'll be with a group of people whom I don't know too well for the next 3 years.
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    "The Initiative" sounds so exclusive and mysterious. If you plan on staying in the Bay Area, try to do clinicals at hospitals you want to work at. If you're leaving the area entirely, just focus on getting excellent clinical experience and letters of recommendation. Depending on where you are going, the UCSF name may make a difference.

    You *want* to serve on committees. These are the kinds of things that distinguish you from other grads in a competitive new grad market.
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    "The Initiative" sounds so exclusive and mysterious. If you plan on staying in the Bay Area, try to do clinicals at hospitals you want to work at. If you're leaving the area entirely, just focus on getting excellent clinical experience and letters of recommendation. Depending on where you are going, the UCSF name may make a difference.

    You *want* to serve on committees. These are the kinds of things that distinguish you from other grads in a competitive new grad market.
    Yes I do plan on leaving the Bay Area entirely, so I think my best bet is going for the UCSF initiative and gaining the most out of my clinical experiences. Thank you for you input!


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