**Need Advice** New grad taking a Nurse Coordinator Position as first job?

  1. I need some advice. I'm a new grad with an associates degree. I've been looking feverishly for a job for 4 months with no luck at all. Finally, I have an interview for a nurse coordinator position with a nonprofit organization. This company offers primary care services. The only reason I even got this interview was because of someone that I know. If offered this position would it be smart to take it? I'm waiting on the job description to see exactly what my duties would be. When I think of nurse coordinator, administrative work pops into my head.

    I really want to work in the hospital or any setting where I can gain clinical skills (suctioning, hanging iv's..etc...etc). Ultimately, I would really love to work in the emergency room. I'm very open to working on a med surg unit. I know the job market is tough and the advice that I'm getting is to take whatever comes my way! Does anyone know how hospitals would view this experience? As a new grad would this be good experience starting out?

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  3. by   amygarside
    I think that if you are leaning towards doing emergency hospital work, then I suggest that you find a similar work. The problem with taking what comes a long may leave you shortchanged in the future. If you are not happy with what you are doing then you would not have the motivation.
  4. by   itsnowornever
    If you live at home with your parents and dont have much debt then you can afford to be choosy. If you can't afford to be choosy, then take it. I would really say take it anyway! Some experience is better than none, though I dont know what that position entails.
  5. by   SarahLeeRN
    I was a Care Coordinator for a year, after having been a nurse for a year-with no hospital experience outside of school at all. I learned a ton-and just got hired for a med-surg position. If anything that Care Coordinator job helped my personal nursing experience and really seemed to help my resume. It gave me a great background to have a great hospital interview. It is administrative work, it is a lot of work...but I found it very helpful to have gotten that kind of experience 'first.'
    I would suggest that you strongly consider it. However, I would ask how much orientation you will get. That will be important. I was already in my company for a year so the transition wasn't that bad. But you will really need orientation. Also, don't underestimate the benefit of working for a nonprofit! That could be very good. I would say that this job has a lot of possibilities. Consider it! You might like it!
  6. by   sundrop
    Thanks for the advice SaraLeeRN. Tomorrow is my interview so I will find out all the details. I'll definitely consider it if i'm offered the position.
  7. by   sundrop
    Thanks itsnowornever. I reside at home but I am swimming in school loans. I'll be working with the HIV population.
  8. by   sundrop
    Hi amygarside. Thanks so much
  9. by   SarahLeeRN
    Let us know how it goes
  10. by   sundrop
    So I went on the interview and I did not get the job. Apparently, the interviewer did not realize that I was a new grad. I don't know how but they went on to say how it was really fast paced and it would be unethical to throw a new grad into the position. Also, there was no orientation. I guess everything happens for a reason. At least I had my first interview to help me with future ones.