I was an ER nurse for 3+ years until the hospital canned me 2 months ago after hand surgery. It's a long story, so I'll spare you the details. But basically I really, really liked what I was doing, the autonomy, the massive amounts of knowledge I gained while an ER nurse. I love to learn, and was in the process of obtaining my CEN before my unexpected termination. I've spent the past 2+ months submitting resume after resume, application after application. I finally got a hit last week for a pediatric office RN position. I interviewed and shadowed a nurse yesterday, and was offered the position immediately afterwards.
While I'm stoked to have a job offer, there are a few things that worry me. First, the pay is significantly less (up to -$13/hr). For an office setting the pay is competitive according to the nurses. Secondly, the practice doesn't seem to be very pro-education. I would be the only PALS certified nurse, and some of these RNs have been there for 20+ years! I get that emergent patients get shipped out via EMS asap, but I would think at least knowing what to do in an emergency might be of some benefit in any kind of pediatric setting.
I learned a lot in the ER, and I'm not sure if I'd be committing career suicide by accepting this position. Any input would be greatly appreciated!