Hello, I am in my last semester of nursing school
and have found myself in an interesting situation. Upon graduating, I will be moving to a large city as part of a relocation for my spouse's job. Great for him, but that market is saturated with graduate nurses. It would appear that my chances for immediate employment after graduation may be bleak.
We are coming from a small town, where I have had 320 hours of experience as a student extern at a regional hospital in a level IV ICU performing direct patient care, able to participate in codes and all.
For my senior preceptorship, I need to complete another 180 hours. I have two choices: 1) continue to work in the Level IV ICU, or 2) I have also been given the opportunity to work at a much larger teaching hospital with a level I unit...but in hemotology/oncology. They are nationally recognized in oncology, but I am not interested in that specialty. And while it may seem that level I is obvious, I have compared my experience with students from level I and I have found that my experiences/skills set have a wider range at the smaller hospital...
I loved the ICU, but at the end of the day will it make a difference if hiring managers are unimpressed by my having worked at a small institution?
So back to my original question, as I don't have much longer before I must decide on a unit: Small level IV hospital's ICU, lots to experience (everything from critical setting, total care patients, codes, postmortem care, etc.)
Large level I teaching hospital's hemotology/oncology unit
Any advice is welcomed. It may be that it is more obvious to the outsider, which is why I decided to create this post. No one else seems to want to sway me in any particular way. I want sway! : )
Also, I am ACLS and PALS certified, Sigma Theta Tau inductee, and a state nursing association board member. What else can/should I do to get my foot in the door of a larger hospital in a saturated market? I'll do it!