Dear Nurse Beth,
I'm a brand new graduate from last year December and live in a very popular and well known medical center where they just hire BSNs, I graduated with an ADN and I'm currently in school for my BSN. I've been offered two jobs, a dialysis nurse in an outpatient setting and a psych admissions nurse in a mental health hospital. My main goal was to do ICU but it's very competitive here. In the meantime, I want to work while going to school. I'm not sure which to pick, dialysis has a nice schedule with guaranteed Sunday off but less pay. The psych hospital pays more but the schedule is Sat-Mon. What do you believe is the best pick for my career? Thank you so much!
Dear Dialysis or Psych,
Congrats on graduating!
It's hard to say. They couldn't be more different. It depends on your future plans, and neither one is a direct stepping stone to your main goal.
Although dialysis nursing is closer to ICU nursing than behavioral health.
Find out if working in either setting will disqualify you for getting into a new grad residency once you get your BSN.
If you want to do acute care once you get your BSN, new grad residencies typically require having graduated within 1 year and little or no acute care experience.
If you are choosing between the two based solely on which is the better job for now while you're in school, you must weigh which is more important to you-
Sundays off, or higher pay.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!