Please advise: trauma center v. non-trauma center - page 2

When it rains, it pours :D After graduating nursing school in May and passing my NCLEX, I've had the hardest time finding an ED position. This week, I've received two offers. Both are good and I'd... Read More

  1. by   echoRNC711
    Things to consider

    Does location count? Will you need to re-locate.
    ED is a challenging work environment. Where you will spend your down time is important.

    Is the facility public or private.
    Private may have more rigid rules.
    Teaching hospital can be more dynamic.

    Which manager did you like best?
    Frequently the personality of the manager filters all the way down.

    What is your personality and energy level?
    Are you excited or frightened by the idea adrenalin rush.

    Trust your instincts of how each hospital felt.

    No mistakes here,just different preferences.
  2. by   LG1137
    So much great input here - using that, and asking more questions of both hospitals, I’ve made a decision I’m very happy with.

    Both hospitals are non profit; one of which is county owned. Both managers I liked. The mountain hospital offers a huge national forest minutes away but very limited shopping and dining; the large ED, everything for shopping and eating, and excellent mountains (including skiing) an hour away. Both hospitals I would have to relocate for.

    I called the mountain ED and asked about training - they offer on-the-job training, but I could’t nail down it’s structure (maybe because there isn’t much, I don’t know). The large ED offers three months of training, beginning with one week of classroom orientation, which appeals to me.

    After shadowing yesterday and in light of all of this, I accepted the offer to work at the large hospital. I was already super excited before I met with HR today, when they informed me of benefits I didn’t even know about: $4k sign on bonus paid in the first check; $5k moving expenses paid for; and a very competitive pay package! All this for a new grad!

    I am sooooooo stoked!!!

    Thanks everybody for your opinions.
  3. by   hiddencatRN
    Congrats! Keep us posted on how it goes.
  4. by   vroe83
    Congrats!! Sounds like it will be a great position, and you'll learn a lot. I'd say with some experience in a busy city ED (even without trauma) you would be able to get a position in a trauma hospital without too much trouble. Good luck!!
  5. by   FlyingScot
    Quote from LG1137
    I met with HR today, when they informed me of benefits I didn’t even know about: $4k sign on bonus paid in the first check; $5k moving expenses paid for; and a very competitive pay package!

    Congratulations on the new job. You have an exciting time ahead of you. Word of warning about the bonus and moving expenses. They tax them at the highest rate possible. So that 5k moving expense will be more like $2700 (very rough estimate). Plan your move with that in mind.
  6. by   NickiLaughs
    Congratulations! That's a great deal for a new grad!
  7. by   nurse2033
    Last edit by nurse2033 on Oct 19, '12
  8. by   baharehm
    Hey LG1137, I had a question for you, on a previous post you had mentioned you took Psych 240 at Rio. I am currently enrolled but have not started the course yet.. looks like there is tons of essays, and quizzes, s the class hard by any chance?
  9. by   LG1137
    As best as I can remember, there was an essay but not a lot of them. The quizzes were not hard. I'm not a very disciplined online student, so if I made it through, it must not be too hard. Good luck!

    As a follow up to the original topic of the thread… things have worked out splendidly with my position. The hospital is great, the orientation was very thorough, and I consider myself very fortunate to be here.
  10. by   floridaRN38
    Go for your nursing gut feeling.