I am about to begin my last semester of nursing school!
We have a decision to make right after we go back to school... whether or not we are interested in the hospital's nurse residency program.
I live in a town of 100,000. We only have one hospital, and in that hospital system they only hire new nurses with 3 years experience. The only way around this requirement is to complete the hospital's nursing residency program. This program is highly competitive (100 applicants for 30 spots), and is 8 weeks in length. During this time you are paid less than an RN ($5-6 per hour less), and you work under the direct supervision of a nurse and constantly evaluated. After the completion of the 8 weeks, you are given one final evaluation and they decide if you can apply for a job. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF A NURSING JOB
I ultimately want to work in the hospital, but I am worrying about taking 8 weeks and still not having a job at the end, while my other classmates hit the ground running. The decrease in pay does not bother me, I just don't know if it is worth the risk to wait to try to find a job.