I recently (last week) had my pinning and am now a graduate nurse, preparing to take the NCLEX. Like most other new grads, I'm formulating a methodical plan for job-seeking that consists of networking with anyone possible, attending job fairs, and applying for all jobs I find (I have lists of every hospital, nursing home, and rehab in about a hour and a half radius!)
My student loans run out at the end of this month and I am in need of any employment to get the bills paid. In addition, I am attempting to save up for my wedding so I feel the extra pressure of needing some sort of an income.
My question: through someone I networked with, I got offered a home health position for a little boy with very critical needs...he has a g-tube, trach, harrington rods and is suctioned as many as 150-600 times a day depending on his heath status. In addition, during times of sickness he is hooked up to a vent at night. Other than that he runs around, rides his bike and is home schooled during the day. The hours would be 7a-3pm 3x a week and the pay would be 25-30.00/hr. The mother feels confident that I could do the job, and also has other new grad RNs on staff (December grads.) I have been honest in saying that I would still seek other employment but would be willing to make a commitment to her to maintain a presence in his life since I know children get attached to caregivers (plus I need the money.) There are pro's and con's to the job...she also mentioned that one of her last caregivers left after two years after being hired into a pediatric ICU and working in an ICU is ultimately where I would like to wind up in nursing.
Do I take the job? Training is involved of course, along with days shadowing current nurses...I know the current nursing market is tough so I'd like to take something while I can get it, however, I don't want to cut back the hours I would be available to any other forms of employment that I seek (most likely a rehab or LTC facility...)
Does anyone have any opinions on this? I don't want to make a committment to a family (and a little boy) that I can't/don't intend to keep but I also don't want to shoot myself in the foot by decreasing my availability to other employers from 7 days a week to four...
Let me know what you think!!! I am interested in hearing others opinions.