So, I"m an old new grad (will be 60 this year) and am contemplating 2 job offers. I have ADN (attending WGU for BSN-expected May next year or earlier). I need to insure a 20, 18, and 24yo in addition to myself and my husband, possibly the 26yo but I think he has dropped off by now (and he lives in another country anyway).
PreCOVID this was not a saturated area. Lots of RNs were furloughed in March but weeks to a month ago elective surgeries began up again and people are getting called back. I have heard through the grapevine that there are hundreds of applications for RN jobs now in this area.
Job A: is as an NA about 7-10 miles from home (depending on which bike route I take), pay is mid 16s with shift differential on top of that, short stay med-surg and float, previous employer (so I know all the bennies), health insurance for the whole family (current providers), D/N rotating, 0.6. RNs are unionized and can't remember about NAs.
Job B: is 82 miles away (one way) brand new medsurg unit, D/E (no nights), 0.5 but first 10-12 weeks are fulltime for orientation, health insurance providers may not cover the area we live in, pay is $35, RNs are not unionized. Parking is reported by HR and NM to be a real pain. Winter is a concern. They have offered $5-10K for relocation but I'm not sure I would do that.
I'm actually leaning towards the NA job due to health insurance, ease of commute (Winter is no joke) and hope to wait out job openings closer. But in this climate (so many furloughs), and due to my age, I'm worried if I don't take an acute care opening I may not get the chance again.