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Deciding between 3 positions

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I went for a panel interview today. I was offered a position in general med surge, ortho/neuro med surge and neuro med surge. I worked in ICU for a year hated it and want to do something else just really don't know what. I really want a job in mommy/baby unit but that ain't happening right now no one wants to hire someone with no experience. What is going to be best for me now and help me to land my dream job???

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

I went for a panel interview today. I was offered a position in general med surge, ortho/neuro med surge and neuro med surge. I worked in ICU for a year hated it and want to do something else just really don't know what. I really want a job in mommy/baby unit but that ain't happening right now no one wants to hire someone with no experience. What is going to be best for me now and help me to land my dream job???

I don't see any of those as a path to mother/baby ...but if there's a mother/baby unit in the hospital, you might be able to do some networking. When I worked med/surg/ortho, I very occasionally floated to mother/baby, but I was assigned only mothers. You might also let your employer know this is something you're willing to do if staff is urgently needed from time to time.

Thanks for the input. The Ob jobs here I. Memphis are far and in between. What do you think about the ortho unit? I really have no ide what to decide

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

Thanks for the input. The Ob jobs here I. Memphis are far and in between. What do you think about the ortho unit? I really have no ide what to decide

I found ortho very heavy (medically and physically), but my unit was mostly hip fractures and knee replacements and the patient/nurse ratio was high (1:8). There are different types of units, though. Some may be better than others.

RNperdiem, RN

Has 14 years experience.

There is so much overlap in med-surg that there often is a lot of commonality in all of those departments.

I would pick the unit that has your preferred hours, lower turnover and a good ratio. If you are new to med-surg out of ICU, you will need to learn to delegate work to the aides. The workload is crushing at times and you simply cannot do everything yourself.

If OB is what you want, a steady nursing job will pay the bills and give you a chance to take your time to look around at other jobs.

RNNPICU, BSN, RN

Specializes in PICU. Has 13 years experience.

What are the shifts for each of the units? Maybe neuro med surg might be more interesting. Try and see if you could have a shadow day at each of the units to see how staff interact and what a typical day would be like, that could help you choose.