Deciding where to work as a new grad...


So heres the scoop..I graduate May 10th, 2017 and I am so so excited! I'm top of my class and have worked my butt off-like we all do!-and just can't wait to graduate and move on to the next chapter of my career. With all that said. Ive had a passion for critical care for 10 years. I worked as a medical assistant before nursing school. And I always knew that I wanted to work in the ED. I'm currently finishing my clinicals at a level II trauma hospital on a CIC floor (Cardiac Intermed. Care/ICU step-down) and I LOVE IT (second to critical care/trauma i love cardiac). Still, I long for the ED. So I put in the request to precept/intern there come April..and I got it! So I'll be doing my 96 hrs in the ED at a level II trauma center and I couldn't be more thrilled. I attended a hiring event a couple weeks ago where I mingled and met some important nurse managers on varying units but the guy I was MOST excited to talk to-was the D.O. of Emergency Services!! He basically told me clllll about the changes their making for hiring new nurses in their ED and to go home and apply. Well. I did. And upon checking the other day it says "Received: Not Selected" heart broke in a million pieces. Maybe this isn't what God has in store for me? My plan is often different from his (lol)...So I applied to the CIC unit I'm CURRENTLY on and I basically have the job. My clinical instructor gave me a great recommendation to the nurse manager...I have a couple friends on that unit..I mean lets face it, it helps to know people and in nursing I was told to always keep your connections!

So now I'm really torn...some people told me to just try reapplying to the ED after I graduate and maybe that would help. But per the discussion I had with the DO at that event, they prefer to interview people beforehand! So I basically feel like I wasn't picked for the job and THATS OKAY TOO. It just stings a little, I'm human. But taking this job on CIC feels like I'm settling. I know what you're all thinking *new nurses should start with med surg* but please, with all due respect.. I know what I want. And I would prefer to not start on a med surg floor.

Then I go through all kinds of different crazy emotions like, "Samantha! its a job! be grateful! you're a new nurse! Take what you can get!" But just because I'm a new nurse doesn't mean I don't have something to offer. I hate feeling like I'm chasing down a unit at this hospital (the ED) when another unit (CIC) is basically offering me a job. I'm not being ungrateful. I just want to make the right decision.

So do I keep trying for what I really REALLY want. Or start on CIC and maybe transfer after a year or two? (and who knows, I could fall in love with it and maybe move onto CVICU...)

Specializes in PACU. Has 6 years experience.

What you have going for you is A.) you know you have a job post-graduation (and depending on the area that is difficult for some to say) and b.) you like the unit you've received a job offer for. Now, saying that, there is nothing wrong with having aspirations. I did not want to start in med-surg, so I focused all my attention on critical care. I really wanted ED, but they weren't offering interviews to anyone who hadn't done their preceptorship in ED. I unfortunately did mine in med-surg (which is also how I discovered there was NO WAY I was starting in med-surg). Instead, I received an offer in the PACU at a local level 1 trauma center and jumped on it, because it was closer to my career goals AND I really loved the unit when I did clinical rotations and my shadow interview.

Use the CIC position as a stepping stone to what you really want. You'll learn a lot of good skills relevant to your career goals, and reevaluate in a year.

Specializes in Neuro. Has 4 years experience.

We don't always get what we want. Not to say you aren't capable, but so are possibly 50 other new grads trying to get that same "dream" job you covet. I think it be wise to take what you think is a sure bet that you still do enjoy rather than gambling & then having no job to show. You can always put in for a transfer shortly down the road. Good luck in whatever you choose to do.