Just want to start by saying I was a good student- 3.67 GPA, sigma theta tau, but couldn't find a job as a new grad RN in 3 months. I have sent over 100 applications out, had a couple bad interviews, so I started applying for nursing homes. So, I drove 6 hours to interview at a nursing home. I get asked one question and the rest of the interview consists of them trying to sell me to the nursing home and get offered a job on the spot pressured into signing papers as a "3rd shift floating nurse". Asked 2-3 times what the nurse staffing looks like, but they skirt around the question. I get one week of training (no experience as a CNA or RN). I accept offer a day later asking if there are any nurses to help me in gaining skills- I am then moved to second shift to work with another nurse on a unit rather than being by myself on third, but no description of number of patients.. It sounds like I was moved from 50 on 3rd to now 25 on 2nd shift
The nursing home looked decent, owner is actively involved, administrators been there a long time, no mention of floor nurse experience, good ratings online. 40 hours a week, no holidays off, overtime very possible. I worked at a factory last summer putting in 72 hours a week, so no problem as long as adequately staffed. I come home and talk to my parents about it.. I tell them about the red flags (overtime could be mandated maybe they are understaffed, job offer after a freebie question, sounds like they just hired 4 new nurses, 5 day orientation, but they say I'm being negative. I was pretty much forced to call back the next day to accept as I am being threatened to be kicked out
Questions- Are there good sites online to rate nursing homes?
Second, is it possible to get into a hospital as an RN after a year experience at a nursing home
Third, is there a risk to your license if it turns out to be unsafe? I'd be stuck for 6 months to a year with my apartment lease
Fourth, what would be an acceptable patient ratio in your mind?