I was reading a few threads here tonight and was really disheartened by what I came across.
If you are a new RN, please do not take on a Management role out of school no matter what
the facility says to lure you. I really and truly appreciate your enthusiasm, excitement, abilities,
and overall need for a darn job in this marketplace; trust me, I was in your shoes once too.
But you are only sabatoging your own career. You will face obstacles that you will not be prepared
to handle. You will face clinical issues that you are completely clueless about. You will face the reality
of the health care system head on, and no one will be there when you fall. In the end, you are just setting yourself up for failure and may come to hate nursing and health care... and then everyone loses.
Please, please get 1 or 2 years of hospital experience, even if it's nights. Just do it for at least 1 year. In the role of a new RN in the hospital you will have some support. You will learn a lot. You will have peers who share your daily struggles. The entire experience will be beneficial to your overall growth. You will be so glad down the road that you did this. You can expand on that in many ways, and develop a foundation for your future, what ever that is.
There is no way I would ever, ever hire anyone in management without some acute care experience. I would consider myself an incompetent leader if I even considered it. I want leaders and managers who are smart enough to know the right steps in life. It says to me, "I'm no fool. I'm calculated, patient and willing to learn and grow in the right order, instead of skipping steps because of my overzealousness for a title." And you should wonder about anyone in a leadership role willing to put you in a position of failure, and worse
patients at risk.
Take the right path on your careers and start at the beginning. You will never, ever have to look back with regret, and you will ALWAYS
BE the compitition.
All the best.