Hi everyone! I am a new graduate RN who has applied to many many MANY jobs (just like the rest of you) and I finally have been getting calls back for interviews (YAY!). I currently work for a hospital in NJ and recently interviewed with their nursing department last week. The interview seemed to go great in my opinion. It was very promising and the hiring nurse manager said she will be in contact by the end of this coming week. (She even mentioned for me not to get ACLS yet because they will do it in the hospital once I am hired, another reason I feel this is going to be a good outcome) However, it is a per diem position that would be offered because they cannot move me to Full-time until I finish my BSN or am close to finishing it (which I am currently enrolled in and should be completing in no longer than two years). I love everything about the company; I have worked with them for 3 years and would love nothing more than to be a RN in the hospital.
However, I also interviewed with another LTACH hospital that would be offering a full-time position. Well, the offer is not on the table yet but I am trying to be ahead of the game if they do make an offer because I really don't want to turn down one or the other, I want to take both jobs if this is possible. Also, they went over pay, benefits and shifts with me during the interview, which maybe I'm wrong but the way it was discussed seemed to me that an offer could be possible. I know I shouldn't count my chickens before they hatch, but I am trying to be prepared for anything.
My question is, is there a specific way I should go about this? Should I mention to both hospitals that I have the offer from the other, but one is per diem and the other is full-time so it is possible to do both? Should I ask the full-time LTACH hospital if there is a possibility for a part-time position instead of full-time so I can do both with more flexibility? I don't want to ruin my chances with either (if in fact the full-time LTACH offers the position that is).
The reason I am asking this is because the per diem position in the hospital I currently work for is really my dream job and I really don't want to miss the opportunity to work for them, especially if there is a chance I will eventually become full-time. However, I do have bills to pay and working just a per diem job is never a guarantee of hours, which I do need. Which is why if I am offered the LTACH position I feel I need to take it so I can have some kind of steady income. I am really not sure what I should do and am hoping someone can guide me in the right direction. Thanks!
Again, I tried to include all the pieces of the puzzle here, but if anything is unclear or I'm missing anything, please let me know!