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First Nursing Job Offer - Advice Please

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itswild itswild (New) New

Has 1 years experience.

Hello AllNurses,

It's been a few months since I have logged on and it's great to be back. I am graduating in three weeks with my BSN and would appreciate an opinion or two on the job offer I am leaning towards.

Mental health is my passion. The offer is for a mental health system in my area with about 10 locations with services in mental health treatment and substance abuse. I will be hired on as a float, Monday-Friday, 8-4. The position is salaried at 55,000/year with 7 hours PTO earned every 2 weeks. No call, no weekends. Also mentioned matching 401K and putting money into a 403B. It comes with full health benefits. I'm also starting grad school (PMHNP) in the immediate Fall and the Director assured me that they would work around my evening class schedule if I need to leave early/stay late some days. I've been a Nurse Intern (nonpaid) in mental health for almost 2 years this May.

I never imagined my first nursing job being outside of a hospital but everything seems to be lining up. I'm 21 and haven't had much experience with any of this so your feedback would be much appreciated. Stay well everyone.

-M

catherine19, RN

Has 5 years experience.

Sounds like a pretty sweet deal. You don't need to work in a hospital to be a great nurse. Your focus is mental health, not med/surg. You are specialized. Now, I don't know what your plan is later on, but the current job offer will be perfect while in school.

Closed Account 12345

Has 14 years experience.

Take it! Good benefits, great schedule, aligns with your term goal

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

If psych is your interest, go for it.

It sounds like Civil Service, so a good place to start (yeah, salary a bit low, but the benes are well worth it!).

Good luck.

Jedrnurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in school nurse. Has 29 years experience.

If I were you I'd work a full year before going back for advanced practice studies.

subee, MSN, CRNA

Specializes in CRNA, Finally retired. Has 49 years experience.

1 hour ago, Jedrnurse said:

If I were you I'd work a full year before going back for advanced practice studies.

There are always a few non-clinical courses that can be accomplished while you are getting experience.

Jedrnurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in school nurse. Has 29 years experience.

36 minutes ago, subee said:

There are always a few non-clinical courses that can be accomplished while you are getting experience.

36 minutes ago, subee said:

There are always a few non-clinical courses that can be accomplished while you are getting experience.

True, and that can help keep up good studying routines.

itswild

Has 1 years experience.

Thank you so much everyone for the feedback. It's very helpful to read your comments. I have accepted the offer.