You're a new grad with a job offer, and you're wondering if you should pass it up for the possibility of an internship five months from now???
I understand the job is not in your preferred specialty, but is there anything else particularly objectionable or problematic about it? These days, I would definitely take the firm job offer now. You've got the rest of your career to work in your preferred specialty. Until fairly recently, new grads routinely expected to take whatever entry-level general med-surg position they could get and recognized that they would "work their way up" over time to their dream job. That's what people in most
occupations expect to do (start with whatever they can get and "work up" to their dream job) -- I don't see why nursing would be any different.
If the internship were a firm offer and it was just a matter of waiting until it started (or the economic and employment conditions weren't what they are right now), I would feel differently, but, with employment prospects for new grads what they are currently, I can't think of a good reason to pass up "a bird in the hand" for the possibility
of one "in the bush." If you pass up this job, and then don't
get the internship, this job will be gone and then you'll be entirely back to starting from scratch.
(BTW, since you mentioned it, most people don't
put clinical rotations on a resumé, unless there is something special and unusual (remarkable
) about the rotation(s). Everyone who looks at your resumé will know what kind of clinical rotations you had in school (the same as all other nursing grads have had). Many new nursing grads have no healthcare experience to put on a resumé other than nursing school
, and that's fine -- healthcare employers are used to that. Graduating from nursing school and getting licensed is what counts. If you feel you really must
, you must make it very
clear that these were student rotations, and not even inadvertently give the impression that you're trying to pass them off as work experience.)
Congratulations on your graduation, and best wishes for your journey!