Dear Nurse Beth,
What is the shelf life of a new grad?
I just got licensed at the age of 40 and will be offered several options of administrative/director level nursing positions at my current employer, but my ultimate goal is to travel. The travel aspect won't happen for at least 5-10 years, but I also don't want to experience myself out of an entry into the hospital to get the experience I need to travel. What would a hiring manager think if they saw 'director of nursing' for someone who is freshly licensed (within the year) as the last position held and now looking for a floor job?
Dear New Grad Offered Director Position,
Great question. To build your career so that you end up traveling in a few years, you need to start acute care experience now. The shelf life of a new grad is about 12 months.
Taking an administrative position at this point will backfire in the long run if you plan to practice clinical nursing.
Typically administrator/director level nursing positions are not given to new grads, so I would question the organization making such offers.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!