I'm a recent grad and will begin my first RN position soon. I would like opinions on which position to take in light of my experience and goals. I've been working on an adult med/surg floor as a tech for five years so I have some experience behind me, but our hospital is a satellite of the main hospital (about 150 beds). My unit does basic med/surg and a lot of the more complex things (insulin drips, chest tubes) get sent to our PCU or ICU.
I can stay at my hospital for a year as a new grad on days and learn time management and basic nursing or I can go to our main hospital, a trauma 2 center, as a float nurse on nights. They offer a relatively good orientation (12-14 weeks) and according to them, plenty of support, but it is on nights, which will be a strain. Ultimately my goal is to end up in the ER or ICU and the experience as a float would be invaluable for skills and meeting people. But I wonder if it is just TOO much, TOO soon? I go back and forth in my mind on the pro and con.
Part of me wants to stay where I work -- I know the other nurses, the doctors, the facililty and have good, supportive relationships all the way around. The other part of me wants to jump into the big stuff.
What would YOU do as a new nurse?