I graduate this Friday w/ my BSN from VSU in GA. I have 2 equally attractive offers on the table...and am vvvvverrrrry torn about which would be the best job and best fit....
1st is the C.P.U (cardio-pulmonary step down from CICU unit)...where u can wor 3 12 hour shifts per wk and pick up an extra day here and there for additional monies as needed...one wknd day per 6 wk rotation is required, and it is floor nursing, with a specialized (mainly heart cath) patient(s), and the ratio is about 3-4 to 1 RN, not too bad. I MAY (not sure yet)...have the option of working nites and wknds (fri-sun) each wk only for $9.00 an hour additional pay, but this shift is not guaranteed at this point!
Then there is the GI Lab in the hospital...M-F, 7:30a-4p.....with fairly regular call from 12 midnight to 6 am....maybe once every other wk or so, depending on need and luck of the draw...u are paid time and a half when u are called in and an additional $2.50 an hour just for wearing a pager, and being on call even if they don't call u...u are on call some wknd days....it rotates....It is a very procedural job, but the equipment is quite sophisticated and a bit intimidating for a new grad nurse....u work very closely w the physicians, some of which I am warned, have rather difficult personalities and behaviors towards the nurses...occasionally, not always, etc....it is specialized, but u may have to do peg tubes occasionally, an ERCPs, colonoscopies, endoscopies, bronchoscopies, etc. are all part of the routine job description/procedures performed daily there.
I am absolutely terrified that I am going to make the "wrong" choice and HATE my job, yet be stuck there for 6 mons to a yr or more, depending on transfer availability, etc....Which is the generally preferred or more prestigious position, all things, hours, call, shift-diff, etc. considered?? And, if given the choice, what would you choose??