Dear Nurse Beth,
I graduated last year but have not had good luck findinga RN New Grad Residency position. Now, I have 2 options: (1) Go a well known out of state RN new grad program for $24 per hour or (2) Stay in California, work in SNF as part-time (no full time work) for 16-24 hours per week ($32 per hour) for 3 months, later land in a new grad program in August (I got an offer).
The out of state work is in general medicine unit. The CA programis step down unit. I am scared if step-down unit will be hard?
Dear Has Two Offers,
Congrats on having two offers!
You say the out of state program is well-known, by that do you mean reputable? If so, that's important. Reputable programs offer the support you need as a new nurse. Ask how long the residency program is, and how long you have a preceptor. It tips the scales if this is a well-known, prestigious organization, or a Magnet organization.
Is the CA new grad program equally reputable?
One advantage to the CA program is that you will only have 3 pts in SDU due to nurse-patient ratios. SDU patients are mostly stable, just intensive with high acuity and multiple interventions. You may find SDU more manageable than 5-6 patients on a Med-Surg unit.
As far as the money goes, $24 per hour goes a lot further in some states than others
. Look at the cost of living.
You are fortunate to have 2 offers. Also factor in how you feel about re-locating- for you, it might be a fun adventure, or it might be a painful seperation from friends and family.
Only you can weigh in those intangibles. Best wishes in your decision and your new career.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!