A few weeks ago I had no offers, now I have two. Unfortunately neither position is a perfect fit, and they both have their positives and negatives. I'm hoping some experienced nurses can chime in and give me some advice about which offer to take.
A full-time position at a state psychiatric hospital
State benefits and the ability to move around within the system as a state employee
Job security (they are expanding their facility and basically guaranteed I would not have to worry about losing my job)
I had great chemistry with everyone I met, and many people have been happily working there for over 20 years
I have a degree in psychology and would probably be a good fit for a mental health nursing career
Will shortly be responsible for 18 patients
Will be expected to take charge duty over experienced LPN's (how could they not hate that?)
Psych is not considered acute care experience
The salary is about $5,000 less
I've been having a hard time finding an apartment in this city, and it's not the greatest place to live
A per-diem medical-surgical position with a magnet designated hospital system
It is acute care experience, which in this economy is priceless
Two months of full-time orientation, and they are very invested in the success of their nurses.
I would be an employee of this health system, and eligible to move around
They said they want me for a full time position, though none is available now. Said they would work to get me into full-time as soon as possible. And because it's med-surg and people move into specialties from there quite often, this could be very soon.
I could commute to work. I also really liked the town this hospital is in.
It's not a guaranteed full time position