Outpt. Surgery Interview

  1. Hello allnurses!

    I needed some advice on a job interview I am going on next week at an Outpatient Surgery Center and wanted to get some input.

    Little background info:
    - I just started working at a nursing home/rehab 3 weeks ago. I LOVE the residents, but am not too impressed with the facility. The turn-over at my facility is extremely high. There was little to no orientation and I am being asked to do things that I have little experience doing....yet because I'm an RN, management says "you should already know, you'll be fine."

    My question is, if I were to get offered the outpatient surgery center position if I should take it or if I should try and wait for a med-surg position to open up somewhere. There are very little hospital jobs for new grads in the area, but I worry if specializing in something such as outpatient surgery would limit in the end? I am also worried about leaving my current employer after only being there 3 weeks, but I am really unhappy there....

    What does everyone think? Should I take the position or try to wait for a hospital job to open up? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!
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  3. by   RNGriffin
    This is a decision you must make. The outcome is uncertain for the med-surg treatment facility. If Med-Surg is your desired specialty, then go with the outpatient facility; as you will gain the experience needed to enter into those hard to fill experienced nurses positions.
    Though, you could speak with your present employer after being hired on at the other facility about working per diem or part time. Companies have no loyalty to you. So, whatever you decide to do, do it in your best faith.
    This is not a question any member on this board can answer aside from yourself. At the end of the day, we aren't the ones who have to maintain your lifestyle and career.