First off, I am totally grateful to God that I finally got an offer. I am a new grad. I graduated this past May and became licensed in July; got an offer in August. I have to say...I was getting sooooo sick of all the rejection letters and a bit discouraged. All I have to say is keep applying, applying, and applying. Get in contact with nurse recruiters. I was sending e-mails to nurse recruiters and one invited me to a job fair and that's the only reason I got an offer.
It's an offer to an LTAC hospital. I did an interview with LTAC and med-surg in the same day; the LTAC manager was basically offering the job while touring the hospital. I have to say LTAC was not my first option, but I don't have a choice...I may not have another opportunity like this if I decline. I did a rotation in LTAC the last semester of nursing school which is beneficial since I know what it's like.
At first I was a bit iffy and didn't want to take the job. But I started to think to myself...get the experience and hold it out for 6 months to a year--who knows, I may even like it. I don't even know what specialty I really want to do anyway; however, my mind was stuck on the ideal med-surg to start as a new grad. But, I hear a lot of..."don't put all your apples in one basket, don't only settle for your "dream" job, get some experience first then go where you want." And it's so weird because I assumed finding a job as a nurse would be a piece of cake, BOY was I wrong! I don't plan on staying because of the distance, but I need to get in somewhere for a good year. I also hear it's a great learning experience. The pay is great, parking is awesome, orientation is lengthy...the only bad part is the driving distance - ugggghhh...about 50 minutes, but it seems as if 45 minutes is the norm.
Thanks for listening, God Bless and Good Luck to all of you!