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So I'm in my last couple weeks of nursing school and have been job hunting. I recently accepted a position as a mother/baby nurse at a hospital about 25-30 minutes from my house. The hospital isn't huge and it isn't super well known but they are established. Today I got a call to schedule a panel interview at Northside hospital, which is about 45min-1hr from my house. The interview is for a position in their mother/baby nurse residency program (I don't know much else about the program and won't know until my interview). When I first began my nursing journey, I knew I wanted to be a maternity nurse and that I wanted to work at Northside Hospital (I was also born there so I have a "special connection" to them). As I went through nursing school however I learned how hard it was to get on in maternity at Northside in general and that dream kind of faded to the back of my mind. So now that it could possibly manifest for me, my emotions are kind of up and down. So here's my question:

Should I accept the position with Northside in their mother/baby nurse residency program if I'm offered it, even though they're much further from my house and it's a residency (basically another 16 weeks of precepting & classes) or accept the position at the other hospital as an actual mother/baby nurse (straight out of school)? Any advice helps. Thanks in advance!

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Nurse SMS has 9 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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If you get the chance at a residency rather than hired straight to the floor, you should take it.

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Texican is a RN and specializes in OR.

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42 minutes ago, Nurse SMS said:

If you get the chance at a residency rather than hired straight to the floor, you should take it.

Agreed!

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6 hours ago, Nurse SMS said:

If you get the chance at a residency rather than hired straight to the floor, you should take it.

Is there a reason to take the residency over hired straight in? Wouldn't I be learning the same things essentially?

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Nurse SMS has 9 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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30 minutes ago, Jordan1927 said:

Is there a reason to take the residency over hired straight in? Wouldn't I be learning the same things essentially?

Not even close. A residency has you paired with an instructor and a preceptor. The whole goal of a residency is to ease you into practice in a way that lowers your stress and keeps your patients safer. In good ones there are classroom portions, sim lab portions and clinical portions. If you get hired directly to the floor, you get a few shifts with a preceptor and then you are on your own. EBP has proven that new nurses fare much better from a residency than from being tossed into the deep end.

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3 minutes ago, Nurse SMS said:

Not even close. A residency has you paired with an instructor and a preceptor. The whole goal of a residency is to ease you into practice in a way that lowers your stress and keeps your patients safer. In good ones there are classroom portions, sim lab portions and clinical portions. If you get hired directly to the floor, you get a few shifts with a preceptor and then you are on your own. EBP has proven that new nurses fare much better from a residency than from being tossed into the deep end.

ooh OK OK. Thank you for explaining that. I'll take that into consideration with my decision!!

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