I recently moved to NOLA and have been struggling (just like every other new grad) to land my first RN position. I just interviewed at Tulane Medical Center and was offered a position on one of their med-surg floors. So here is my dilemma, I've met two nurses down here both of whom expressed to me on separate occasions that I should NOT work at Tulane. They cited poor organization of the unit, dog-eat-dog nurses, and just all around horrible experiences at Tulane (one told me that she comes home everyday wanting to quit nursing). One of them recently left Tulane to work at Ochsner, and the other still works at Tulane but has moved to the ICU where "it's still not good, but way better than working on the floors"
I know that as a new grad, my first position is going to be rough, no matter what, but these two accounts of Tulane has really made me question whether or not I should take the position at Tulane. I'm thinking about holding out for something at Ochsner to open up and in the mean time work at a flu clinic to pay the bills (and also volunteer at Ochsner to get my foot in the door).
I know that I should be thankful that I have landed a position (even though it isn't in my ideal area) in this tough economy, but I don't want to take it solely based on the fact that it is the first hospital position I've been offered. I also would like to still want to be a nurse after my first year.
Thoughts? Advice? Experiences?