Hello! This is my first time posting, but I have been reading this forum for several months now and I think it's really great. I am a new BSN grad and have been offered positions with two different hospitals, one in oncology the other in nephrology. Which do you think is the best choice for a new grad? Would you also base your choice on the hospital size since that may correlate to bigger budgets and resources and more opportunities? Thanks for your feedback.
Apr 4, '13
I would need a lot more information than was given in the OP to make a decision.
1. Whick unit offers the best work environment? (However YOU define that.)
2. Whick unit offers the best orientation and support for a new grad?
3. Are you particularly interested in either patient population?
4. Which unit has the best staffing?
etc. etc. etc.
Apr 4, '13
I was thinking more towards which area would provide me with the most/best opportunities to learn and grow. But, to answer your questions:
1. Oncology with 24 beds in a 301 bed hospital, ratio is 1:6, 3 day techs and 2 night techs; Nephrology with 30 beds in a 649 bed hospital (system wide there are 1138 beds), ratio is 1:5 sometimes 1:6, 3 day techs and 2 night techs.
2. Oncology 12 weeks orientation on both days and nights with plan to go to days; Nephrology 10 weeks orientation, perm night shift; coming in under their new grad RN program.
3. I really don't know where my "dream unit" is. I just want to learn as much as possible and get the experience and skills to be a good nurse no matter where I go.
4. Nephrology has 50+ staff members, that includes everyone. I can't recall the number for oncology.
Thanks for replying.
Last edit by kievstar on Apr 4, '13