in choosing your first job, consider:
1. orientation progtram for the new RN. a strong orientation and preceptorship will be what makes or breaks your 1st job experience, and possibly, even your career in nsg.
2. policies on continuing ed, including tuition assistance/reimbursement. this policy will also help you understand the employer's views on continuing ed.
3. work environment & attitudes of potential co-workers. what is your 1st impression of the unit during a walk-through?
4. nurse-to-patient rations, patient acuity, size of unit, mgmt. structure, staffing mix (rns relative to lpsn and nsg assts), availability of ancillary staff (housekeeping, dietary, unit secretary, maintenance, etc)
5. availability of mds (esp after hrs), autonomy vs.responsiblity of RNs,type of nsg care delivered (team, primary, etc)
6. type of work scheduling (weekend programs, M-F, 8-10-12 hr shifts, floating, overtime policy, weekend requirements, holiday requirements)
7. opportunity for advancement?
8. salary including shift differentials and cost of living increases.
9. benefits including vacation time,sick time, childcare, staff health services, parking, cafeteria.
tips for survival:
- think before answering
- take vacations
- remove energy drainers
- support co-workers
- treat yourself
- avoid aggravating people
- keep in touch w/yourself and your needs
- say no w/o guilt
- ask for help
- use available resources
- evaluate your growth and stay focused.
we are not superhuman- lest we not forget that. and we are no one's doormat. love yourself enough to avoid ANYONE treating you badly.
strive to treat each patient as you would yourself or a family member.
and take a deep breath.
Help! Hello; I am a 40 yo new grad with 14 years' as a CST but also a few years as a Pharmacy Tech, and monitor tech
I was recently offered a fellowship at a magnet teaching hospital; it was the only place that made my heart beat faster when I actually thought of working there. The pay is excellent, even though I have to pay for parking. I will work two 12's and two 8's (D/N) for a year, plus classroom; In a year I should be a certified onc. nurse. Everyone there was super-the NM has been there for 30 years. The DON was awesome, and to my great surprise they offered on the spot. Awesome, bright, clean and very positive atsmophere. Great preceptor porgram, sign on bonus, CE support. The drawback is that they are at leasr 1h 20m, if traffic isn't worse than normal; I have three teen sons, one with some learning issues, and one who has been diagnosed with cortical fibrous defect, who also wrestles and will be in AP and honors classes this fall; my youngest will be walking 30minutes to and from middle school by himself(likely with a friend, though)-Is oncology a bad/good place for a new grad to start? No family near by to help, and dh can't be counted on to help-and he is also always at least 1-2.5 hours away.
I have gotten another offer from the hospital where I used to work for an ICU internship; it pays less but they offer $8/hour for night differential, no sign on bonus, and I don't have to pay to park. It the same old same old there-at least I'd know some of the negative/gossip hounds to avoid. They are also about 30/40minutes from here, even less in off hours. I'd work three 12's D/N-This place has a mediocre rep-they lost accreditation about 4 years ago (they got it back quickly, though); they are trying to turn it around -My interview was a debacle, because the HR person forgot what time she told me to come, and I waited
1 h 35min before anyone interviewed me;the head nurse couldn't make it, and the education dir had to wing it- but I was impressed by the education director for the ICU-she's really trying to make some positive changes,was very positive and had great organization and I did kind of like the thought of the wide variety of patients/experience I'd get-good for a new grad....
The first place is my dream job (I think), the second place makes more sense as a working mom, and prolly would be more likely to work-The money is about the same, I just don't want to take the "dream" job farther away and and find out that it just doesn't work with my family etc etc; but neither do I want to take the closer job and feel like I missed a great opportunity-I am really confused....
So , what do you think?