Ok I have debated on posting this because I feel like I know what the responses will be like but I am going to ask anyway. Please be kind.
I am a new grad..graduated in December '11 and passed boards last month. I live in a pretty big city with several hospitals within 10 minutes of my apartment. Unfortunately there are several nursing schools in the area as well. That being said, I have applied for countless jobs in every hospital- Med/Surg, Tele, L&D, ICU, OR- days, nights...everything. I had 2 interviews with no luck because I dont have a BSN and many hospitals around here are now BSN-preferred.
I ended up applying to a very small hospital about 30 minutes from where I live...about a month after applying I got a phone call for a interview in the Cath Lab. I have no experience as a nurse and eventually want to work in an ICU but I have read so many posts saying new grads should not go into Cath Lab. I wish I had the option to NOT take this job and hold off and find something else closer to home but I am 3 months out of graduating and my debt is increasing and I need a job. This job is M-F 6:30 to 3..no weekends and no holidays. I would gladly take a night shift working 12s ANYWHERE if someone would give me a job..It's not that I don't want this job in the cath lab but I am scared that I will get in over my head. I will be willing to study and my mom (who used to work as an RN in cath lab) is telling me that I can do it and it will help get a job in CCU or CTVU later on. She said she could help me prepare (she now works in CVOR) and says I should take the job if I am offered it. It pays well..orientation is 6 months or longer (until you feel able to take on the job without a preceptor).I just don't know much about Cath Lab and don't want to shoot myself in the foot and screw up.
Has ANY new grads started in Cath Lab? Were you successful? Do you think it is possible to start in the cath lab and succeed or is there a possibility I could do well? I havent been offered the job but I have a feeling I will..just trying to prepare myself.