I recently graduated from a BScN program and received a job offer from a hospital in paeds/NICU. After applying to about a dozen positions, this was the only one offered to me. I consolidated in this area, so it seems like a logical choice, and I do like it. However, I'm not sure if this is the area I would like to stay in long-term. Unfortunately, my program didn't offer me a mental health placement which is what I really wanted, and therefore have not gotten exposure in that area. I have a friend though who works in addictions counselling, and I find that very appealing. What is the best thing to do in this case - continue applying for the mental health jobs in the hopes that I land one eventually, or accept the current job offer? I'm also afraid of that 'period of unemployment' everyone talks about after graduating from nursing school
, where it becomes progressively more difficult to find a job over time.