Not sure if I should still go to the interview tomorrow.
I'm a new grad that wants to work psych. I had already accepted a PRN position at a small child/teen behavioral health facility a few weeks ago. Its not full time hours though so I was delighted to get a call on Monday from one of the larger private psych hospitals that I really want to work at to schedule an interview for Thursday. The next day, I got a call from the State Psych Hospital that I did my clinical rotation and they scheduled an interview for Friday.
I just got back from my interview today and was offerred the position at the private psych hospital. I am delighted. It seems like an awesome opportunity, even though they are actually paying less than my PRN position.
My dilemma now is, I am not sure if I should still go to the interview at the State Hospital tomorrow since I accepted the offer today at the private hospital.
The pros if I get the State job are:
Its closer to home. I can get there in about 20 mins or less.
However, the private hospital is not that far anyway. I can get there in about 30-35 mins.
I do believe the State hospital pays a bit more than the private hospital. Imagine that! Its not by much though.
I like the idea of being able to move within the State system. If at some point I don't want to do inpatient care, I could transfer to one of the outpatient clinics or community programs.
(This is what I've heard, I don't know that to be officially true)
The Cons if I get the State job:
When I did my psych rotation there, they were EXTREMELY understaffed. There was usually only 1 RN there the whole shift on our unit and she was a new grad and was the Charge nurse.
Most days there was only 1 other LPN there with the RN. Some days 2 LPNs.She did the med passes and the RN pretty much ran the ship though she did do a lot of teaching. During my rotation there, my CI said at the time, that she did not think this was an ideal place to start for a new grad. She did not think there was sufficient support for the new grad nurse we encountered. But this is based on an outsider looking in and my psych rotation was the shortest of all rotations so I'm not sure that we got an accurate picture.
I feel really good about the private hospital. They do a lot to mentor and orient their new grads. I met a few nurses that graduated from my school years ago and have been there for a few years and love it there.
I guess I just don't want to be wondering "what if?". If I cancel the interview for tomorrow or turn down their offer, or vice versa think their offer is better and then having to go back and decline the offer for the private facility.
Geez, after all the weeks of searching, I never expected to have this dilemma.
Thoughts? Should I cancel the interview tomorrow?