I recently (last week) had my pinning and am now a graduate nurse, preparing to take the NCLEX. Like most other new grads in this tough economy, I'm formulating a methodical plan for job-seeking that consists of networking with anyone possible, attending job fairs, and applying for all jobs I find (I have lists of every hospital, nursing home, and rehab in about a hour and a half radius!...I live in Massachusetts where the new grad market is horribly, horribly pathetic...its not uncommon for new grads from 2009 and 2010 to still not have jobs!)
My student loans run out at the end of this month and I am in need of any employment to get the bills paid. In addition, I am attempting to save up for my wedding so I feel the extra pressure of needing some sort of an income.
My question: through someone I networked with, I got offered a home health position for a little boy with very critical needs...he has a g-tube, trach, harrington rods and is suctioned as many as 150-600 times a day depending on his heath status. In addition, during times of sickness he is hooked up to a vent at night. Other than that he runs around, rides his bike and is home schooled during the day. The hours would be 7a-3pm 3x a week and the pay would be 25-30.00/hr. The mother feels confident that I could do the job, and also has other new grad RNs on staff (December grads.) I have been honest in saying that I would still seek other employment but would be willing to make a commitment to her to maintain a presence in his life since I know children get attached to caregivers (plus I need the money.) There are pro's and con's to the job...she also mentioned that one of her last caregivers left after two years after being hired into a pediatric ICU and working in an ICU is ultimately where I would like to wind up in nursing.
Do I take the job? Training is involved of course, along with days shadowing current nurses...I know the current nursing market is tough so I'd like to take something while I can get it, however, I don't want to cut back the hours I would be available to any other forms of employment that I seek (most likely a rehab or LTC facility...)
Does anyone have any opinions on this? I don't want to make a commitment to a family (and a little boy) that I can't/don't intend to keep but I also don't want to shoot myself in the foot by decreasing my availability to other employers from 7 days a week to four...
Let me know what you think!!! I am interested in hearing others opinions.