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  • 3:17 pm

    My first RN job was in a state with a very low pay rate for new RN's. I cried when I received the offer. The recruitment manager actually felt bad for me - thats how devastated I was and told me that if I negotiated they may be able to give me a little more. I carefully wrote a letter requesting a higher salary and patiently waited. They counter offered with an addition 50 cents an hour. I'm not sure it was worth the addition disappointment. The upside was management was wonderful and this was a great place to work. I moved a few years later to a new state and received a pay offer of almost $5 more per hour. It was the job from hell.
    Motto of the story, money isn't everything. Good luck, I hope you enjoy your new job.

  • Feb 21

    Thank u have no symptoms at all so I'm praying xray will be negative

  • Feb 21

    Thank u and yes I think I got it from a certain house I go to..I'm a private duty nurse

  • Feb 21

    You get six months before you have to sign the contract, right? Might be worth giving the OR a shot.

    Either way, congrats on all the offers!

  • Feb 21

    So I have all my questions answered today and I am very pleased with the outcome. The contract is hospital specific...so if it just doesn't work out I can technically stay within the hospital and not break the contract, although they would try to keep me in their area (such as peri-op even) because of them training me for 6 months. The contract is for 9k but prorated each month I am there. Since I know I just have to stay within the hospital though, I am fine. I like to just find a job and stay put. I am not a job hopper & hate finding a new job & all the anxiety of starting a new one.

    I had all my questions answered about on-call and schedule and it all sounds just fine. It is a very large OR at a very large level 1 trauma center so there is a lot of coverage. There are shifts 24 hours. They try not to call you in & try VERY hard not to call you in overnight...but if they are just really slammed then they have to. If you are there in the middle of the night & have to work the next morning they work to get you home so you can get rest (I was worried about patient safety).

    As for the cold, I can layer underneath my scrubs, but short sleeve of course. They also order us thermal jackets that we can wear that I will purchase.

    I am excited...I think this is it!!!

  • Feb 21

    Quote from johsonmichelle
    That is incorrect , a lot of hospital do not require new graduate nurses to sign a contract for commitment including the one I work for.
    Debatable. The majority of acute care hospitals require their RN graduates to commit and sign contracts. Not all do.

  • Feb 21

    DeeAngel, I agree. I just hadn't heard of a 3 year contract before. Two would make me less nervous. If I am able to transfer departments then the contract is fine. Again, I don't think I would want to transfer department & I am NOT a job hopper BUT I am just thinking worst case scenario. 3 years may not be that long but sounds like a long time to feel trapped if it turns out I hate it. Honeslty, as long as I get thru the 1st year okay then I think I can get thru the other 2. It is the first year I am worried the most about

  • Feb 21

    Quote from Bottomed out
    I think you need to be satisfied with being an old new grad getting a job in peds and not adult med surg. Don't be concerned about 23.20 vs closer to 24..Like Jay-Z once said WTF is 50 cents.
    This one made me lol and yes I suppose in the gist of things I should be happy to have a job, I know a lot of new grads having a very difficult time finding a job let alone one in the area they desire. Counting my blessings!

  • Feb 21

    It will likely be difficult to convince a new manager and colleagues that it's worth their time and effort to invest in training you, especially since the reason you give for changing jobs, is that you are trying to find your niche.

  • Feb 21

    Oh yea I can't be DM'd. My account is so new. OK I'll get back to you as soon as I met the requirements.

  • Feb 21

    I would take OR, except like you, I'm ALWAYS cold! I work on a cardiac step-down unit, which is basically a glorified tele floor (we don't even get post-op hearts or caths, mostly CHF, ETOH w/d, COPD, arrhythmias, severe bradycardia, drug OD, electrolyte imbalance, stroke, NSTEMI, PE on heparin, and just about everything else). I usually have 6 patients, which is insane if you ask me. I basically hated it from the first few months onward, planned to quit nursing forever a few months ago, but then decided to stick it out a little longer (need the $$$). I'm planning to hand in my resignation later this week. If I could go back, I'd probably pick OR. It avoids everything I dislike: conscious patients, family members, dirty conditions, dealing with petty patient complaints.... But you should do what's best for you!

  • Feb 21

    Does the tele job also involve a residency? How much training are they offering? If the tele job has no residency and the OR job does, that would make me learn towards the OR job. But yes I freeze in the OR too!

    I like the idea about finding out if transferring to a different unit would count as breaking the contract.

    FWIW, I hired into a residency with a 2 year obligation. They forgot to give anyone in my residency group the contract for 4 months and then when they remembered, we refused to sign it retroactively. By then, they had invested so much that it didn't make sense to let us go.

  • Feb 20

    I don't think I get 6 months to sign the contract, I think it is from day 1. The training is 6 months long...which is why they have a contract. They invest that much in you they want to make sure you don't just leave. Many hospitals around here have 2 year contract for new nurse Residency programs but the tele job is at a hospital that doesn't have a contract.

    To cleback: I am interested in the OR. I got excited about it & never liked the floor jobs. OR fits my personality but I lack confidence for sure. I just don't like the contract, being on-call (but it goes with the job), and it being FREEZING in there. I just am not sure it is worth it & then to be stuck for 3 years if I am miserable is scary. But it is possible I will love it. The problem in school is that you really only shadow a couple of times in OR & nursing school teaches nothing about it really. Seems risky. The tele job would just be a stepping stone. I could see myself moving from there to critical care of getting in to leadership...if I didn't decide to go try out OR at that time.

    To Bottomed Out: They had a panel that met me Friday and an RN that was in the fellowship was in there. I don't know if she was done with the 3 years. But I thought of more questions over the weekend so they are supposed to call me tomorrow. One of my questions is for those that didn't succeed in the program, what were the reasons?

  • Feb 20

    And yeah the fiance...dump him. A person who wants to hold you back and threaten you for something like what you've described is not boyfriend material.

  • Feb 20

    You are giving up too quickly. You haven't even graduated yet! Once you graduate and pass the NCLEX, you may find yourself with more job options. Not everyone secures a job 2 months before graduation. My hospital isn't even interviewing yet!

    As for the fiance who will leave you if he doesn't approve of your job ... Unless he is willing to pay your debts, then he needs to be supportive of you while you do whatever you need to do to pay them off yourself. If he can't do that, he is a loser and you should dump him. He is bringing you down when he should be building you up. If you want to be a nurse, then don't quit before you have even graduated. And don't stay with anyone who tears you down.


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