I need opinions. I am a new RN grad. I take boards in 2 weeks. I have a job as a Nurse Extern at a hospital 15 min. from my home. My responsibilities are that of a CNA, and I am more prepared for nursing. One of my good "nursing school buddies" got me this job. She is an LPN there and still going for her RN. She graduates in December. I am thankful for the experience. Although...... The facility isn't clean.... AND it has a horrible horrible reputation. Every time I tell anyone where I work, they all look at me with a face of disgust & tell me how they wouldn't go there if they needed a band-aid. UH! I want to be proud of where I work. SO>..... That leads me to my other choice.
There is another hospital 30 minutes away from my home. It has a GREAT reputation. Nurses that get a job there NEVER leave. They are known for their great nurses & doctors. It is almost impossible to get a job there as a new grad, but I know I can get a job there if I put my mind to it.
With all of that said.... I am lost. I don't want to leave my current job because I will hurt my friend.. BUT..... I want to be happy where I work.
Oh, and the job I am currently at I will have a position as a RN on the floor where I want. They also pay more per hour than the hospital with the great reputation.
I know it is ultimately my decision. I just need to know from a nurses standpoint. Is it worth it to leave the hospital where I will see all kinds of cases (because it is a busy med-surg/ stepdown unit) to get a job where I will feel "clean" and proud of myself??? Even if it means starting in a area not of my choice? Thank you in advance for any comments.