Thanks to everyone who posted and provided their input. I do appreciate it. My interview is tomorrow!
I do have to ask Ruby, if managers don't like hiring new grads, who would they hire? There are never any FT daylight jobs available (or for that matter, PT daylight jobs) for new grads. By the time all the daylight jobs are posted internally, the nurses with experience and/or seniority have already applied, and all that is left are these night jobs. Don't get me wrong, I agree and understand that seniority rules.
I might be a new grad, but I am not a young gal. I worked for over 25 years before I was laid off and got the chance to go to nursing school
. So, I understand the politics of business and I am not a job hopper. 20 of those 25 years were with the same company before my layoff. My layoff was a blessing because I have ALWAYS wanted to be a nurse and I am very excited to be here. (I have personal reasons I won't bore anyone with as to why I didn't go to nursing school right out of high school.)
I know that just because my managers are so nice, that is not necessarily a reason to stay. I HATE third shift and no, I haven't
been on it for my whole four months, but I HAVE been on it for three
months and it isn't getting easier for me.
To an extent, I enjoy the work there. However, on my floor so far hospital nursing has offered only med passes, getting vital signs, and charting. I am not really practicing any nursing skills.
So, aside from the fact that my coworkers and managers are nice, there isn't much that I feel I am gaining from this job. I have a friend who has worked for this home nursing company for 7 years. It is a large company, and is consistently rated one of the top 100 places to work in our state. Not just in the medical field, but ALL industries. Yes, there is a lot of autonomy for a new nurse to handle, and I definitely plan to address that situation during my interview. I also am going to ask if I can do a ride along for a day. Like turningred15 said, the interview will be a good time to ask A LOT of questions to help me decide if leaving is the best thing for me. (That is if I am even offered the job!)
Thanks again to everyone and thanks for your support. I will keep you posted! J