Dear Nurse Beth,
I am a new grad (May 2017) and I received my RN license a few weeks ago. I had two interviews yesterday (both at the same hospital in NJ) and received offers. Here's my dilemma:
Offer #1-ICU step down unit FT 7p-7a.
I know that I will learn a lot, the manager was awesome and seems to really care about her employees and I definitely see room to grow or even if I wanted to go somewhere else in the future, I know my experience there will allow me to do that. The problem is I have two small children and the schedule over laps when my husband leaves for work in the morning. The only way I can make this work is if I work weekends and one day during the week, where my children will most likely have to spend the night at a family member's home once a week and they stay with my husband when he is off on weekends. I'll be making more money for the same amount of days on the other unit but it will mess with my sleep schedule. If a 7a-7p position was available I would take it in a heart beat.
Offer #2: inpatient rehab 3-11.
I have the option of FT or PT but am considering PT because it gives me more flexibility and I can always pick up on 7-3 or 3-11 shift.
I use to work in this department as a PCT and secretary before I moved out of the state and our family just moved back. I know the people, the routine, the manager isn't the best. A lot of people have left because the managers don't value their employees. However, the shift allows me to not worry about who will watch my kids and won't mess up my sleep schedule. To make more money I will have to pick up extra shifts.
I am willing to make sacrifices and I know that which ever position I take doesn't have to be permanent. I just want to make the right decision for my first nursing job. HR wants me to call them on Monday with a decision.
Dear My Sleep Schedule and More,
Congrats on two job offers!
Both jobs would be excellent in that you will get great experience, although the step down unit would provide higher acuity.
I would not recommend part time in your first year of practice because the learning curve is steep and you need the full-time experience.
So if you look at it as two fairly equal inpatient jobs, the main difference comes down to the hours of work and the manager. If you work rehab, you know going into it
that the manager is not the best, and there is some turnover- so your expectations would not be unrealistically high.
As for me, the rest is a values-based decision based on family. I would take the job that disrupts my family the least. In my long career, I have always worked around
my children at any given time and never regretted it. I don’t think you will, either.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!