Jump to content

New Grad working in a COVID hospital

Disasters   (261 Views | 3 Replies)

581 Profile Views; 18 Posts

I  just graduated from nursing school, taking the NCLEX 6/5/2020.  I have an interview at a COVID only hospital.  I'm having second thoughts- would this be a bad place for a new nurse to start?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

speedynurse is a RN, EMT-P and specializes in ER.

110 Posts; 428 Profile Views

I think COVID has definitely made things harder for new grads but honestly, covid will be at any hospital. If this is your only job offer and you aren’t immunocompromised, then go for it. Since the pandemic has hit, jobs have been very hard to come by. I have experience in a critical care environment and have struggled to try to find another job. Prior to this, I never had trouble landing a job.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

CaffeinePOQ4HPRN has 10 years experience as a BSN, MSN, LPN, RN.

434 Posts; 10,863 Profile Views

The risk will exist no matter where you go. At least on an in-patient covid unit you know who/what you're dealing with... as opposed to say in the ER where you don't initially know what's coming through the door sometimes minutes apart.

No matter what is going on in the world, you have approach each patient by keeping in mind their potential of having a communicable/infectious disease (ex. Covid, CDiff, Ebola, HIV/AIDS, MRSA, etc)... Never get too comfortable! 

Make sure you're knowledgeable about routine practices and additional precautions for preventing transmission. For example, watch your needles! One of the most common incidents I've seen in nursing students/new grad has been needle stick injuries. Refresh your knowledge of routine practice/universal precautions.

I really feel for all new grads right now. God, what a time to be entering the workforce. Keep safe!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

18 Posts; 581 Profile Views

Thank you for your responses.  This will be my first interview and it is in a covid only hospital.  I'm assuming they are hiring more nurses to eventually reopen as a fullfledged hospital based on the variety of positions they have posted.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
×

This site uses cookies. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Read our Privacy, Cookies, and Terms of Service Policies to learn more.