I have an interview in a level 1 trauma center, need advice! - page 3

by k-flo 6,967 Views | 41 Comments

Hello everyone I am currently facing a dilemma and I need some guidance. Today, I received a phone call to go in for an interview next week for a staff nurse position at a level 1 trauma center ER. I can't even say I am a... Read More


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    As mentioned before New Grads do not have the luxury to be picky! If the ER is a specialty that you are interested in then go for it! The night shift is just as busy as the day shift at times so it won't be a slow floor where all of the patients are sleeping. You never know if this may be your only job offer for a long period of time because it takes some new grads months to even get a call! BTW congrats on your upcoming graduation!!
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    I started out in the ICU as a new grad. I was offered a night position and gladly took it because I really wanted to work in the ICU. I've been there about 3 yrs now and have been offered a day position numerous times but never took it because I ended up liking nights! I had never even stayed up all night before starting this job. TAKE the job!! I am so glad I started out in the specialty I really wanted to work in rather than one with better hours.
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    It sounds like you've resolved you quandry but I would still like to share a personal experience:

    When I share with people how I started my career out of nursing school 3.5 years ago, they invariably say something like, "Ewww. Why did you do that?"

    My answer is always the same: "It was the first offer I had and I couldn't afford *not* to work."

    I made a great many sacrifices in pay, shift, unit, and location simply in order to launch my career.

    I would caution you away from closing any doors until you have one wide open in front of you.

    Night shift has its good points, believe me... and I NOT a night person in the slightest and plan to transition to daylight nursing when the opportunity presents itself.

    Level 1 experience is unlike anything else and if ED is what you're after, take the job if it's offered.
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    Do the interview. Take the chance and see where it goes. Level I would be great experience. Working nights you will adjust it is a small price to pay for the experiences you will obtain.
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    Ill say it like most of the ED nurses here will....Im sorry but if you really want this opportunity than your going to have to suck it up, pay your dues on nights and then maybe go to daytime when you have been there longer.May I also point out your a new grad, level 1 trauma center and you got an interview I'd LOVE to have.....if you cant make the interview....I can
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    Quote from RKRobbins
    Ill say it like most of the ED nurses here will....Im sorry but if you really want this opportunity than your going to have to suck it up, pay your dues on nights and then maybe go to daytime when you have been there longer.May I also point out your a new grad, level 1 trauma center and you got an interview I'd LOVE to have.....if you cant make the interview....I can
    My level I trauma center won't even consider new grads and *all* new hires, even intra-hospital transfers, go onto night shift, period. Shift preference is based solely on unit seniority.
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    Quote from k-flo
    Would I be totally crazy to pass up this opportunity just because it's the night shift?
    Obviously.

    So what did you decide? Did you go for it?
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    The real question is what degree do you have(ADN or BSN)? What's the name of the facility in San Antonio, TX and how do I get a piece of it?

    Please don't take the job and drop my name instead :-)
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    Thank you everyone for your input, I talked to my instructors and they said the same thing as you guys. The interview is tomorrow morning and I decided to go for it, IF I do end up getting an offer. I'm very very nervous!! But I have done my homework and I feel prepared so I will definitely post here how it went when it's over
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    Good luck! You should be nervous, and that's why your going to have an orientation. Just stay calm and think your way through things and youll be ok


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