I have been a nurse for about 4 years within the same hospital- a Level 1 Trauma Center. I am currently working in the OR and have decided I would like to further my education and go to CRNA school. I know that I need at least a year of ICU experience so I am in the process of finding an ICU position within my facility.I have had 4 interviews..the first was for a MICU and I was not offered a position despite knowing several people who work on this unit who gave me good references. The second was for another hospital nearby..a much smaller hospital..in Neuro ICU and was offered a job on the spot. I declined...it was more money but I would lose my seniority and was afraid the more rural hospital would not look as well on applications. So then I interviewed for another MICU in my current hospital and was offered a job on the spot. Was very excited..had to wait for the formalities of nurse recruitment calling with an official offer. Well the offer came and I asked for a night to think it over (I was at work when they called me). The next day I was ready to call and accept the position when I received a call from the Trauma/Surgical ICU within my hospital, asking if I would like to interview with them. Why does this seem to always happen? haha Of course, I have been dying for an interview in this unit..they bust out people for CRNA school left and right. You see EVERYTHING and you work directly with many of the surgeons I already know from the OR and many of our OR patients actually come to/from this ICU. I feel like it would be a great experience to see the other side of the spectrum. Well I decided to call the recruiter back and ask for a little more time so I was able to interview. They requested I give them a response for MICU by the following week. Well I interviewed yesterday for Trauma/Surgical and I felt it went really well. Of course, I won't know for a little while if I got it but it really puts me in a tough spot. Do I keep holding off with an answer for the MICU, risking that the may recant the offer and move on? Do I speak with recruitment and tell them my issue? Do I accept MICU because it IS a job and it'll be at least 4-6 weeks before I can even transfer anyway. Do I turn down MICU and see what happens with trauma/surgical? I am blessed to have options..I am in a position that most people would LOVE to be in..but I am torn. I don't want to burn bridges but I also would like the best experience I can get to prepare me. I have time...I don't plan to apply for CRNA programs for about 2 years...so the ICU job isn't a necessity right now so I don't feel a ton of pressure to get the ball rolling. Which makes me feel like I could hold off for what I really want (trauma/surgical) but I've heard time and again "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" especially with the job market these days. Any advice? I feel awful for even considering accepting MICU for now and if I got the trauma job then ultimately backing out of the MICU position. I know it makes me look bad...but I also see this as business...it's nothing personal. I have to look out for me. Ahhh...help?