Well for comparisons sake, the VA gives you 5 weeks of VACATION per year, from the start. Obviously you don't start with 5 weeks on the books, you earn so much a month - but you start accruing on Day 1 and can use as you earn. Then you also get sick time on top of that. I had a local (non-VA) hospital tell me they could compete with the VA because they also give 5 weeks of PTO (25 days) per year. Well yeah, on the surface that matches... until you realize that PTO is vacation AND sick leave, while the VA gives something like 5 weeks vacation + 3 weeks sick leave. Just something to think about. Any guesses where *I* wanna work when I'm done with school?
You'll want to compare health insurance packages, like which insurance co they use, how much your monthly contribution to the insurance is, what your copays and deductibles are. Also life insurance, short term and long term disability - benefit amounts, waiting periods, and amount you're expected to contribute. RN
atient ratios, scheduling issues like flex & OT & length of shifts & what happens if they're over- or under-staffed, floating policy, general feel of the place, etc.
Maybe hang around the cafeteria at mealtimes and see if you can con some nurses into giving you their honest opinions of how they like the hospital and why they're working at Hospital A instead of Hospital B (and vice versa).
Can't speak to the orientations, still too much of a fledgling myself. Good luck to you!