I am hoping all you experienced nurses out there can help me look at the pro's and cons of starting my first job. Here is the situation.
First, I am 46 so starting out on a new career kind of late. I just finished school and am waiting to take boards. I have worked in the medical field (CNA, med tech, etc.) for many years in the past. For the last 7 years though I have been working for a processing plant, of all things, weighing semi trucks. I know that probably seems funny, but it was a great job, good pay, and when I made the decision to go back to school and get back into nursing, they supported me all the way, with scheduling, and allowing me to study at work.
Now the decision, They are offering me a position as charge nurse over the nursing department (2 LPN's and 2 CNA's), in the plant, and will possibly grow into a position over all the nursing departments for all the plants complexes. This involves a lot of paperwork, following safety regs. etc, as well as first aid, workman's comp situations, new hires. etc, you get the idea. While I think I would really like this, and the hours will definitely beat the hours I would have on a hospital floor, (not to mention to pay is definitely compatible) I am concerned about one thing. If I take this job right out of school like this, without getting some hospital experience first, how do you think it will affect me being able to obtain a hospital position later on, maybe several years down the road, if I decide to make a change? I think I am afraid that if I don't get the hospital experience now, they might not even take a look at me later on. Do you think I would be severely limiting my options in the future if I take this job?
Anyway, any ideas or personal experiences would be appreciated.