New grad RN here and recent transplant to Southern California that would love some advice on whether or not to accept a PCA position at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach versus holding out for a new grad RN position elsewhere.
To give you an idea of my background, I graduated this past summer, have an RN license from another state and am awaiting CA license by endorsement. Based on processing times on the CA BON site, I hope to receive my license by the end of March. I've also heard the unfortunate stories of it sometimes taking 6months to receive (which would mean I wouldn't get mine until June).
I am finding most hospitals will not look at my application without a CA license. I was offered a PCA position at Hoag Hospital and was told that many of their PCAs with an RN license transfer into internal RN positions within 12months.
My question is should I accept this PCA position and work to transfer to an RN position within the hospital? Or should I hold out for my CA license to be processed and apply to new grad and residency positions in the area (knowing that these are limited and highly competitive)?
CONCERNS of PCA POSITION:
- I have to sign a 1-year commitment contract so I cannot be shopping around for RN jobs while holding this job
- If RN positions do not become available for PCAs within the Hoag network, will I be losing a year I could have had to gain RN experience?
- The pay is less ($15/hr) than my current nannying position ($20/hr)
BENEFITS of PCA POSITION:
- Get to know the hospital, staff, computer system before starting a new grad RN position
- Being able to take additional certifications through the hospital for free
- Network and foster relationships with units I would be interested in working on
- The HR interviewer seemed fairly confident that most PCAs were able to transfer into RN positions
- I do not have the ability to relocate at this time and given my nursing experience/network is outside of CA, this could be a good opportunity to tap into a new network
Sorry this post is so lengthy! I really appreciate any input in advance