New Grad Offered Director Level Position?

  1. Dear Nurse Beth,

    What is the shelf life of a new grad?

    I just got licensed at the age of 40 and will be offered several options of administrative/director level nursing positions at my current employer, but my ultimate goal is to travel. The travel aspect won't happen for at least 5-10 years, but I also don't want to experience myself out of an entry into the hospital to get the experience
    I need to travel. What would a hiring manager think if they saw 'director of nursing' for someone who is freshly licensed (within the year) as the last position held and now looking for a floor job?



    Dear New Grad Offered Director Position,

    Great question. To build your career so that you end up traveling in a few years, you need to start acute care experience now. The shelf life of a new grad is about 12 months.

    Taking an administrative position at this point will backfire in the long run if you plan to practice clinical nursing.

    Typically administrator/director level nursing positions are not given to new grads, so I would question the organization making such offers.

    Best wishes,

    Nurse Beth



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  3. by   Daisy Joyce
    Something is very wrong with a facility that hires a new grad for DON.
    Run away.
  4. by   Guy in Babyland
    Quote from Daisy Joyce
    Something is very wrong with a facility that hires a new grad for DON.
    Run away.
    ^^THIS X 1000^^

    Run from any company/facility that is willing to make a new grad a director. Way too many red flags.

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