I feel really rotten about this.
I had an interview last week at a diagnostic clinic, which also does plastic surgery every other day. At first I wasn't sure what to expect, but I found out that they only offer me two days orientation after doing a 'shadow' day and that 'shadow' day was actually one of the two days for orientation. Even during the days when I was 'shadowing' I was asked to start an IV but I told them no, as I have not filled out any paper work for employment. I wasn't even TOLD I was hired. Just to fill out the tax forms. I felt really uneasy and nervous about the whole thing. I'm a new grad who still needs some training because my last placement was in the community (mental health, health promotion) and did not feel comfortable just going out there on my own only after two orientation shifts. I spoke with my preceptor about it who I trained with in my last year of nursing school
in the ED and she told me to listen to my gut. Last time I was in a hospital/clinic setting was 9 months ago. My boyfriend thinks I should go in there and work, but I just don't feel comfortable. So he's kind of irritated about it. We need the extra money (we live together). Another hospital is checking my references (although I haven't been for an interview yet) so I'm hoping something comes up soon.
Believe me, I want to work, but I worked so hard for the last four years to get my RN license that I wasn't about to have it taken away because I made some stupid error because of lack of experience and no orientation etc. The longest one RN has been there was 5 weeks! That was a big enough red flag for me... They even said "listen, this is a business. The business comes first". I would have said the patients come first.