I just recently graduated from an ADN nursing program and I got my license last Tuesday. Here's my dilemma: I've been working in outpatient settings for the last 17 years as Medical Assistant. Many different specialties, family practice, pedi, endocrine, OB/GYN, internal med, GI, ... Now that I graduated, the office I've been working for for the last year of my nursing school wants me to stay and be their nurse. They've never had a licensed nurse before, always MA's. So, they're kind proud to be able to say "I'll get the nurse for you...".
I really, really like the job, it's fast paced, lots of phone triage, precerts, medication problems, .... I jsut absolutely love my 2 GI doc's, they've managed to spoil me like hell the last year. Also, the PA is now a good friend of mine and I'd really hate to leave them at this time.
I do wanna go into the hospital one day, but I don't think I'm mentally ready for floor nursing. I like the Mo-Fri, they've adjusted my pay (I'm now salaried) to a rate that's maybe 3 - 4 dollars below the hospital, but it's still about double of what I made before.
All you "seasoned" nurses out there - what do you think? Am I making a mistake by staying in a doctor's office instead of going on a Med/Surg floor? I know I need the hospital experience, but what do you think my chances are of getting a job at a hospital in a few years, if I ever get tired of outpatient?
My ultimate goal is Level I, II, or III nursery. But maybe later???? Let me know your thoughts. I'm torn about what to do!!!!!!!!!!!