hello. i have been a dedicated allnurses reader of the threads since i passed my boards & have been on the job hunt as a new grad. i have found it very inspiring and truthful, and finally have a dilemma i've come across and decided to turn to allnurses for advice
i graduated this past may 2010, passed boards in july, and have been looking for a job since. i know the market is definitely tough, but after a couple months of aggressive hunting & networking: i have been given 2 job offers (literally back to back). i am so grateful and thankful for these opportunities! but i want to choose the place that will ultimately best for me and will place me in a positive direction while beginning my career.
Hospital A: trauma 1 hospital, good reputation in a suburban area. very familiar with this facility, and comfortable with the dynamics of this hospital. this hospital will require me to move away from family, but have a very strong support system there. when i interviewed with the unit (primarily medical floor), i felt like the personality of the unit was very supportive & encouraging as a new grad and i would be given as much support as i needed. however dont plan staying here forever, can't imagine myself being here more than few years max.
Hospital B: as a student, it has always been my dream to work in a city hospital. this hospital is a city hospital, great reputation as a facility - trauma 1 hospital. the floor is predominantly surgical. not familiar with the hospital at all, but when i entered the facilities and saw i was impressed a lot. the unit itself was intimidating, i know itd be a challenge at first, especially because i am unfamiliar with the facility. however, here i can picture myself growing more & although it may not be forever, there is a much higher chance i'd be here for the long haul.
so which would you choose? the reputation for the hospitals are good. both trauma 1, both have orientation programs that i think is of adequate time to adjust. i wonder as a new grad student if i should go for what i know i will be confident and most comfortable in, or go for my dreams & challenge myself. any input would be appreciated!