I need your opinion...


Hi guys,

I know I'm very lucky to be offered a full time job. This is going to be my first real RN job, and I'm quite excited about it! Anyway, Del Amo Hospital called earlier and offered me a full time job. The catch is, it's a psychiatric hospital. I really don't mind, but it's not really high up on my interests.. Do you think I should just go ahead and take it? I read a lot in this forum telling people not to be picky, so should I go ahead and try it first? I don't know if I should wait for other offers, because i've been job hunting for a long time. Any thoughts on this matter?

NP Sam

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Specializes in Peds OR as RN, Peds ENT as NP.

We were told that if we were waiting on other job offers to not answer the phone and let it go to voicemail:D. But it is a tricky situation since we are blessed to even be offered employment. I would say go with your gut. If you got a good vibe while touring the hospital and meeting staff I say go for it!!! If you feel you will be miserable, pass. All jobs are nOT created equal.


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Specializes in ICU.

I have been looking for over a year myself, but there are a few areas that I refused to even apply to because I know that I would be miserable (I won't even list them). Go with your gut feeling, your instincts are usually correct.


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Thanks guys! My instinct kinda tells me to go ahead and take it, because I'd never know unless I try. Plus, it's something out of the ordinary. I already know I'd have my down days in this area because I'd find it difficult, and I have not much experience, but what the heck. However, I haven't had the orientation yet, so maybe after that is where I'll make my final decision.

On the other hand, a few hours ago, I was offered another job at a Post-acute rehabilitation center. I guess it's more up my alley, though I would think salary is lower. Also, it's part-time, on call nights. The psychiatric job is full time PM, so I was thinking of doing it both at the same time. However, I still don't know the schedules as the details are still quite vague. ARGH!!!! When you want something, God gives it to you, but then along with it comes hard decisions. I can't complain though.. Any help or advice? I'm sorry if I sound like I'm complaining or something, I'm not.. I'm just trying to ask for advice on a decision about my career, and I know only you guys will be able to help me out.


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Hi Jenmesh.. Well if you took that job, you probably have realized by now it's not the best place to work. Sorry I didn't see your post sooner.

For Others:

Del Amo Hospital is better suited for a new grad that's planning on staying no more than a year. What I mean by this: A year of experience so you can move on somewhere else. Del Amo Hospital is not a good place to learn quality psychiatric nursing. You're duties.. really will be regulated to answering the phones and doing ward clerk paperwork. So get your year, then split.

This hospital is not good for seasoned professionals. Due to lack of good nursing leadership, you'll notice that lack of nursing in general. Because you've been around the block and try to do what's approriate, you'll come under fire, because now your standing out (doesn't make sense).

Second reason why this place is not good for a veteran nurse, Del Amo Hospital promotes nursing care be directed by Social Workers. Before you know it, a social worker will be telling you how to do your nursing job. Threatening your job security by writing you up, if you don't do it the social worker way. It's not worth jeopardizing you hard earned nursing license.

Third reason, this place pays 5-6 dollars less than other hospitals nearby.

Good for new grads that need 1 year of experience(that plans to move on).

Bad for veteran nurses looking for job satisfaction. This is a malignant environment where nurse hunts are regular. It's not worth the pay and it's not worth the unecessary extra stress, on top of what nursing already has. This has been the climate for years getting a little worse each year. You can confirm this by contacting current employees.

Good luck in your decision, I hope this helped