Here's a little background information before I thicken the broth, so to speak: Recent grad and newly licensed RN with an interest in OB and Women's Health. Looking to be a CNM in the future (through FNU's distance learning DNP program). Acronym hell, I know.
The broth and thickener: For the past four months or so (you can now deduce when I passed the NCLEX) the job market on Guam has been very very dry to say the least. No jobs, no funding, and definitely no need for inexperienced RNs. Then of course there's that new grad mantra of "I can't get a job because I have no experience (because I can't get a job)." However, after many offerings have been made, and goats sacrificed, a position that I applied for fresh out of passing NCLEX has given yield, and I've been scheduled for an interview for a Staff Nurse I position at Guam's only public hospital (Guam Memorial). Now, I did my independent practicum at this hospital, and the unit supervisor and staff of the Labour and Delivery Unit love me and definitely want me to work there, and the feelings are mutual. My interview is scheduled for December 10, 2012. Now add thickener and stir.
In the time between applying at Guam Memorial and sacrificing goats, I've been looking at other areas to work, because after a while, goats are no longer appealing. My nursing faculty referred me to an opening for a Community Health Nurse I position at one of the regional community health centres here on the island. The pay is much higher, it's closer to home, and the hours are regular. Keep stirring. For this position, the unit manager who is adamant for six new nurses, is eager to hire new grads and home grow her nurses. She doesn't start interviewing until January 18, 2013.
Now, before we turn this stock into pudding, I wonder if the allnurses community can be of assistance with a few things. And to make it easier on you, and for reading through that massive introduction and text, I will bullet form my questions/concerns, as follows:
- The position offered at Guam Memorial is a Full-Time position. Obviously, the Goldilocks way to view things (and one option I'm really keen on) is working full time for community health and part time in acute care (labour and delivery)...but the only perfect world is in NCLEX. I love both community and acute care. Ultimately the decision is up to me (not that I've even been offered either position), but what would you do knowing that tiny background tidbit about myself.
- Anyone familiar with Frontier Nursing? Would it look better on a graduate application for their DNP-CNM program if I did community health? Labour and Delivery?
- Pros about working at L&D: Already familiar with the workload, paperwork, unit manager , providers, and staff....and babies!
- Cons about working at L&D: lower pay, on-calls, weekends, and some really catty nurses. Only one other guy there (who precepted me and is a good friend).
- Pros about working at Public Health: Great supervisor, equally as good as the one in L&D. Better pay, closer to home (the greener choise), regular hours, and no weekends....and a CNM I'm eyeing to mentor me works here, who originally mentioned FNU to me back when I was a student.
- Cons about working at Public Health: Not skill-driven, less acute, and outpatient.
Sorry, the bullets didn't seem to make much of a difference. If you're still reading up until this point, how would you tackle this dilemma? Would you pursue the Goldilocks way, and how would you go about it? Would you wait until January 18, 2013 for an interview? Did I really sacrifice goats? (no) Any other thoughts, recommendations?
Also worth noting that I have a family vacation booked from Dec. 22-Jan 09 (since not hearing from the nth applications I sent out put a damper on my xmas vacation). Now things are looking up...in a weird conflicted kind of way. What to do? And thank you for reading this far. At least you know I'm a RN and not a novelist.