Need help choosing between two job offers - page 2

I'm down to the wire. I have to make a decision, because I am supposed to start as a new grad in the ICU where I've worked since May as a tech on TUESDAY! It was difficult to secure the position in... Read More

  1. by   ajaxgirl
    Quote from leslasic
    I'm down to the wire. I have to make a decision, because I am supposed to start as a new grad in the ICU where I've worked since May as a tech on TUESDAY! It was difficult to secure the position in the ICU- the two charge RN's (NOC shift) had expressed to the NM of the unit that they didn't want "another new grad" hired, but after the NM spoke to the DON, she "vetoed" the wishes of the charges, and hired me anyway. So, going in to this job, I'm already feeling like I'm not being welcomed and am worried about starting my career a leg down. The NM promised me that she would "monitor the situation" regarding the attitudes of the night RN's..

    Now- the other job is one I really didn't consider until now. I think I was just trying to stay where I knew what I was getting into- almost like the devil I knew was better than the devil I didn't, ya know? I know the docs, the p & p's, where things are, how to locate stuff, am reasonably familiar with the computer charting, etc etc. However, after graduation and having the last few weeks off to think about my options, I decided to shadow an RN at a teaching facility, it's an inner city hospital, a university hospital. The minute I walked onto the floor, I felt a big sigh of relief. The staff welcomed me, they asked about me, they were friendly and I could just sense and see that they are a TEAM. They work together, they laugh, they help each other every step of the way. It's a step-down PCU, so it's still got the critical care aspect that I love.

    The only real problem is money. The ICU job offers a weekend diff, plus NOC shift diff. The base pay is .60 an hour higher. The teaching hospital offers only an NOC diff, which only kicks in for the last 8 hrs of the shift. Overall, it's about a $2K difference annually between the two jobs.

    I believe my mental health and emotional happiness is important. But, obviously, money does factor in.

    What say ye?
    2K a year is not that much. Not enough to make me choose the less favored option.
  2. by   Jolie
    Quote from leslasic
    omg, I am completely panicked. Do I call the NM at the ICU job and tell her I've taken a different job offer?

    I haven't officially been hired at the uni job- I still have a drug test (no prob there ) and paperwork to do. Or should I call the HR dept. and tell them I haven't received my license in the mail yet? (they don't accept online proof) I actually received it Saturday in the mail, but it just as easily could have been delayed... I hate to tell the ICU NM that I have a diff. job if something crazy happens and it doesn't work out!

    HELP!!!
    Please do not start out your professional career by deceiving your manager.

    First of all, please contact the manager at the uni hospital and let her know of your time pressure due to having accepted another offer. Ask if there is any way that s/he can expedite the drug screen and extend you a formal written offer in a timely manner. When you know the time frame for receiving an offer from that hospital, call your current nurse manager.

    Let her know that you are considering another position, and don't want to start orientation if there is a possibility that you may not complete it. (Believe me, she doesn't want you to drop out of orientation, either. Better never to start, for both of you.) Ask about pushing your start date back.

    This is not the first time your manager has been faced with this situation. Being upfront and honest will enable her to assist you in finding a satisfactory resolution to your dilemma.
  3. by   GeminiTwinRN
    Well, it's official.

    I took everyone's advice, and accepted an offer from the uni. Immediately after signing the offer today, I drove to the ICU and told them of my decision. The NM has been out of town for the last 2 weeks, and was still out this week, so I sat down with a charge RN and explained the situation to her.

    It went very well, and now it's done. I'll write a letter to the NM of the ICU so she'll have it for my file, and I have left on good terms, so am eligible for re-hire in the future.



    Thanks for all the advice. I love you guys!
  4. by   S.T.A.C.E.Y
    Congratulations on the new job! Glad to hear everything worked out, and you got the job you wanted!
  5. by   incublissRN
    Congratulations! I hope you enjoy your new job.
  6. by   GoldenFire5
    Hooray! You did the right thing. Working with people you like in a supportive environment goes a looooong way.

    And, it's nice to be in the position of having options for the first job in your new career, isn't it?

    Good luck!
  7. by   focker-male nurse
    congrats :hatparty:
  8. by   SoulShine75
    You can't put a price on happiness. Go with your gut....it will never mislead you. :spin:
  9. by   RN 4 U
    2k a year isnt going to make you are break you. Having a welcoming, inviting, as well as teamwork will make you or break you. I say go with 2nd job where you are welcomed, there might be some resentment among the nurses at the 1st job when you start and you might be in worse shape. Happiness and having a supportive environ. is very important for a new nurse. Good luck!

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