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    Hello. This is my first post so I hope it is in the right place. I have a question that I hope you guys can help me answer. I am in my late 40s and am set to graduate an ADN program in May. I live in a very rural area and there are not many options right now. The only hospitals (within what I consider reasonable driving distance) currently have hiring freezes. I have been offered a position in a nursing home ($15 and change), but I am not sure if it is right for me. From what I have observed during my clinical rotations, I consider nursing home nursing vastly different than hospital nursing. It is hard for me to put into words exactly what I mean by that, it's just that at a nursing home you get to know your residents, you pretty much know coming to work what to expect, even though the unexpected heart attack or code can happen, whereas at a hospital pretty much every day is different. When I was a "traditional" student, I lacked only a couple of hours in getting a Bachelor's in Home Economics with a heavy emphasis on Child Development. I loved my OB rotation and would really like to work there. Relocating is not currently an option, and the second income is needed. I feel that if, given my age, I do not start working right out of school, the chances of my getting hired a year or so from now is slim. On the other hand, I don't want to think that if I start working in this nursing home, I will be forever working in nursing homes (I might love it, I just don't know at this point). What do you think about this. At my age, starting at a nursing home, will I ever be hired into a hospital?