Hello! I graduated in June 2019 with BSN, RN in Philadelphia, and moved to Berkeley, California a year ago after getting married. I got licensed in California in November 2019, but have struggled to find a hospital job ever since. I graduated with a good GPA and internship at a magnet hospital, so had hope that I would find something as long as I tried and waited patiently. I applied as far as Los Angeles, and only offer I got was a Kindred Hospital, LA for 2 years contract RN residency program. However, I read a lot of negative reviews of the facility and one comment says that hospitals in CA don't even consider RN experience at a kindred hospital because of its bad reputation. I read some posts on allnurses regarding a transition from a LTAC hospital to a regular hospital- some say LTAC is an acute care experience and it helps a lot to transition to a regular hospital but some say hospitals don't consider LTAC to be acute care experience and rule you out immediately from the applicants. Can I please have an opinion on this? I was hoping to apply to a bigger hospital in CA after getting the experience at Kindred, but I am afraid that I will never be able to get a job at a bigger hospital later even with 2 years experience at Kindred. I would have to sacrifice a lot to work at Kindred (having to do long distance with my husband, live with my in-laws in LA, get low pay..) and I am not sure if it is worth taking the offer to build up my resume for the future. At the same time, I am afraid that I will never be able to work at a hospital if I miss this opportunity.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I would really appreciate your input!:)