I am in need of some advice. I am a new grad applying for positions at local hospitals in NICU.
I may have an offer from a level II AND a level IV NICU. The more acute hospital is in a bad part of town and a longer commute but pays more and would give me more exposure to sicker patients. The level II hospital is much newer, less pay, and the babies are not as ill. In fact, they do not do any surgeries in house.
Do you guys think starting out at a level II or a level IV would be better? Would my education suffer if I went for the level II? My heart says go for the less acute place, but my brain is scared I may be shying away from a great learning opportunity...HELP!
Any and all opinions would be greatly appreciated!!!
Mar 19, '05
Well, what about starting at the level II, and if you get bored or you want an added challenge you can always switch to the level IV hospital? I'd bet money that they'd absolutely be willing to hire an already-trained NICU nurse, even if it means putting you through more training to teach you the higher level stuff.
If you start at the level II and then find that the stable babies that are starting to get sick and go downhill are the ones that really interest you and the plain ol' feeder growers are somewhat boring to you, then you know that you might like a change. And a level IV facility will still have a handful of feeder growers too, so you will always get a mix.
And no, your education won't suffer!
Last edit by KRVRN on Mar 19, '05
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