New Grad BSN Considering position at a private practice. Good or bad idea?

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    I have recently graduated with my BSN and have moved to an entirely different area where I honestly have no connections and no one really knows who I am so it has been difficult trying to find a job. I have applied to a number of places from hospitals, nursing homes, and a private practice. A few days ago, I received a call from a hospital for a new grad position that I REALLY want and my interview is in two days. I have been so excited/nervous preparing for this interview and this morning, I received another call from the private practice I applied to. They would like to have an interview with me next week. I am amazed and grateful that with my lack of experience, I managed to land two interviews. I was wondering what others thought about starting off in a private practice as a new grad with my BSN. I would obviously accept the new grad position over this job; however, if I do not get the new grad position, should I still consider accepting this job if I am offered it? I know that ideally it would be good for me to go into a position where I can use my skills and experience but I kind of like the idea of working mon-fri with holidays off and interacting with patients one on one and being a part of their long term care. Any advice? Also, anyone have any interview advice? Those common nursing interview questions seem a tad intimidating.
    THANK YOU ALL
    Last edit by WeberBSN on Dec 31, '13
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    You really have to decide what will sit well for your life and your goals. Personally, I would love to get a position in a private practice or an outpatient surgical facility. Other RNs feel they ONLY want the hospital/acute care setting. It's whatever makes you feel fulfilled as an RN. I wish you lots of luck on your interviews!
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    Agreed, it depends on what your long-range goals are and what other priorites there are in your life (family, hobbies, etc.) and how you want your career to fit in with all of that.

    Contrary to popular belief, nurses don't have to work in hospitals in order to enjoy successful and fulfilling careers. Nor is a nurse who works outside of a hospital any less of a nurse than one who does.

    Best of luck whatever you decide!


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