New Grads stay optimistic!

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    I graduated in May, passed NCLEX and got my license in June, and went months without any feedback from over a hundred applications. Then, in November, I had interviews with two different hospitals. Took about a month before I heard back, but just in the past two days, I received job offers from both of the hospitals!!! I am still contemplating both offers, even though I already accepted the first position I was offered (because I was super excited after waiting for this moment for 6 months!).

    My choice is between Hospital A: 20 miles away, med-surg position, 50- bed hospital, strict dress code, very clean and organized, pay approx. $1.25/ hour higher than Hospital B or

    Hospital B: 8 miles away, PCU position, 250- bed unit, can wear any colors you want, older facility, pay slightly less than Hospital A.

    Any advice from experienced nurses on which hospital seems better for a new grad? I also wanted to tell other new grads to be patient and keep trying because persistence does pay off. Also, did I mention how excited I am?!?!?!
    Last edit by VickyRN on Dec 29, '12

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    Congratulations on having a choice. I've worked in hospitals sized from 35 beds to 400 beds. Learned a lot in both. You don't give much information here but,all other things being equal, I had a lot more fun in the small place and a more responsibility because there is no house staff. We even had a little ICU and OB. Does your state require CEU's? Do both places offer courses in-house? I'd check in to the kind of staff education opportunities offered. You see more exotic pathologies in the bigger places but you get a better chance to hone your judgement and self-reliance in the smaller ones. Why start out on ice when you can start out on snow?
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    Thanks! I am in Florida so yes I need CEU's. I was leaning toward the smaller hospital at first, so I think I'm going to go with that one. I will definitely ask HR about CEU's because that is not something I thought of before. Thanks again!
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    Welcome to the site, as I wish you the best in all of your endeavors...Aloha~
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    Quote from NurseNikki=)
    I graduated in May, passed NCLEX and got my license in June, and went months without any feedback from over a hundred applications. Then, in November, I had interviews with two different hospitals. Took about a month before I heard back, but just in the past two days, I received job offers from both of the hospitals!!! I am still contemplating both offers, even though I already accepted the first position I was offered (because I was super excited after waiting for this moment for 6 months!).

    My choice is between Hospital A: 20 miles away, med-surg position, 50- bed hospital, strict dress code, very clean and organized, pay approx. $1.25/ hour higher than Hospital B or

    Hospital B: 8 miles away, PCU position, 250- bed unit, can wear any colors you want, older facility, pay slightly less than Hospital A.

    Any advice from experienced nurses on which hospital seems better for a new grad? I also wanted to tell other new grads to be patient and keep trying because persistence does pay off. Also, did I mention how excited I am?!?!?!
    Congrats!!! Same path, Graduated in May, Licensed in June. September, I started the process of interviewing for the hospital position I am starting in February. Accepted the job last week at a PICU at one of the Top Children's Hospitals in the country!!! My dream job!!! It DOES get better, and the patience makes you stronger!!!


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