Should a new nurse choose home health, step down, medical surgical or SNU

  1. Experienced nurses tell me, if a new nurse with only clinical experience had the chance to choose between the 4 jobs, which should he/she choose? Which would give the nurse a chance to learn, build skills and succeed without setting the up for failure? Thanks for your advice.
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  3. by   turnforthenurse
    Definitely a stepdown or med-surg unit. I started out on a stepdown as a new grad and that really gave me the opportunity to build up on my skills. Make sure that whatever you choose has a good, lengthy orientation, however.
  4. by   ToothFairy(5)
    I would say med-surg or general medical floor. Eventually you'll be floated all over the hospital anyways but it would give you the most well rounded expereinces that you could take anywhere.
  5. by   lefrench123
    Step-down! It will be tough but you get to learn and see so much. I was always told to take the most critical job you could get as a new nurse, because it opens more doors for you later.
  6. by   nurseprnRN
    Home health is sooooo not the place for a new grad. You'll be on your own with no back-up down the hall, no appreciable interview and time management skills, weak assessment skills, and seeing very vulnerable people. Step-down is the place to learn the most in the shortest period. It'll be a challenge. Are you up for it?
  7. by   Caffeine_IV
    Step down would be a great choice if you want to do critical care or ER later. What is your long term goal?