Hello everyone, I am in desperate need of advice! I have been blessed with offers for 3 very different positions, and I am so torn on which to choose! I have been accepted into a nurse practitioner program that I will beginning next year, so I am keeping this in mind when making my decision.
Option 1: Cath Lab
3x12 hour shifts (0530-1800), 1 night of call per week, and every 5th weekend on call. I feel like this is a great opportunity especially as a new grad, but cardiac is definitely not my wheelhouse. They are obviously willing to train me, but I am incredibly nervous and feel as though this would be extremely stressful while going to school full time.
Option 2: Operating Room
5x8 hour shifts (0700-1530), 1-weekday call shift per month, and every 5th weekend on call. There is an opportunity to go into a surgical specialty team and to change the shift schedule to 10 or 12 hours after 1 year. I have over 2 years of experience as a surgical tech so I feel very comfortable in the OR and love surgery! I feel as though this would be an easy transition for me considering my experience, and would be interested in traveling as an OR nurse down the road if I took this position.
Option 3: Med-Surg Weekend Package
2x12 hour shifts (0700-1900) but get paid for 36 hours. This is at an incredibly small critical access hospital in the middle of nowhere, where the average total patient load of the entire hospital is 6 patients per day. It's family-oriented and flexible, and would be the lowest stress I think, and would give me the most time to work on school.
I feel like there are benefits to all of these options, but I am truly torn on what to do. Any and all advice/opinions would be so greatly appreciated!