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Should I accept my first job offer?

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by ABA ABA (New) New Nurse

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Hello,

I recently graduated with my BSN in December 2019 and passed my NCLEX in February 2020. I have been applying to New Grad programs and jobs in California and have not had much luck until recently.

I recently interviewed for a hospital in the Orange County area and was offered a job there but something seems off about it. This facility's application deadline has been extended 3 weeks past its original closure and are still interviewing applicants. I have applied to many New Grad jobs in California and have never seen them extend the deadline due to the amount of applicants they receive per application cycle. They also have you sign a 2 year contract.

My main concern is about the quality of the program itself. Why is this facility having a hard time finding New Grads? Are people just not applying to this program or are they turning down the offer for a reason? The pay is standard for the area and they gave me my first choice of unit. So far from what I have been seeing, Coronavirus has not really stopped New Grads in California from applying to these positions so I do not think that is the case either.

Is it stupid of me to turn down this offer for something that I might be overthinking and risk being unemployed for much longer than desired in a saturated market like California? It has only been 4 months since I graduated and 2 months of having a license. I do not have any interviews scheduled at this time but some applications have not opened and some of the facilities that I have also applied to have already sent out their rejections so I have some hope.

Thank you for any advice you may give.

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Michelle Yin has 12 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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Hey A:

How are you now? Since the COVID-19 is getting worse in US, there're many states under serious situation about short of RNs. Including CA, so I wondering if you already got the job you like or not .

I am a international RN with New York and Texas licenses , currently is also seeking job as RN . Would like to hear some good news from you and if you can share some tips regarding find a job you like, would be much more appreciate.

Good luck, stay safe and healthy.

Best regards.

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by ABA New Nurse

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Hello,

I accepted the job but it does not start until May. COVID-19 is getting worse in CA and from what I have been seeing on facebook, some facilities are delaying their programs or are looking for experienced nurses (mainly per diem) to help with COVID-19.

The state has also put together a health corps for COVID-19: https://covid19.ca.gov/healthcorps/

Maybe check that out and see if you are interested? It is paid and they will provide malpractice insurance.

You can also find some opportunities on facebook (RN Interview Tools): https://www.facebook.com/groups/PlayingTheGame/

Good Luck!

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Michelle Yin has 12 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

16 Posts; 60 Profile Views

Got it . Glad to hear your good news. Thank you so much for the awesome information you shared with me . Good luck to both of us !

Stay safe and healthy. All the best!

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jmroh is a BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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@ABA Hi! I'm also a new graduate looking for a RN job. I graduated in December 2019 as well, however I did not get any positions here in California. Do you think you could give me some information on where to apply and which places might be hiring new graduates? I applied and got interviews for St. Joseph's TIP program in OC and also the UCLA residency program. I missed the other deadlines for other nurse residencies... anything would help 😞

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