I just got my RN license for Washington state, and due to family and financial commitments, I'm considering taking a job in home health (peds) for 2 months before starting an PICU residency (dream job) in February. My plan for the next few months would be perfect if it works out, but I also don't want to take advange of the home health agency. A little bit of background: I've been working as a nurse extern at a large hospital in Florida, where I live with my fiancee. However, the pay sucks and I hate working there. As I am from WA, all my licensing paperwork was processed through there, so I took the WA boards. Now, I have a license for the state I don't live in. I hate Florida and would love to go back to WA to spend some time with my family. My grandmother is not doing well, so we're doing something special for Christmas, as it will probably be her last. My fiancee and I were also planning to take a road trip up the East Coast in January to visit his family, as they can't make it to our wedding in February. I don't want to start a residency in WA in October/November/December because I want to have the free time for Christmas, the road trip and our wedding. Many residencies I've looked at have said "plan on no vacation for the first 12-14 weeks of working." We're also trying to save up for a down payment on a house, so I want to start working soon. My solution was to work for a peds home health agency dealing with kids with vents, trachs, g-tubes, PICC's and other stuff. I figure this will give me a decent paycheque, allow me to spend some time with my family by moving to WA, and allow me to practice skills that are standard in a PICU. Ideally I'd start work in a few weeks, and quit just before Christmas. My questions are: will having 2 months of working as a home health RN help or hinder me when I apply to a residency? And is what I'm doing kind of a "dick move?" I understand that training me to do those skills costs money, and if I'm only going to be working there a couple of months, it's expensive for the agency. If the work is something I enjoy, I wouldn't mind doing it per diem after I start a residency. I've seen posts where new grads are asking if they should quit their current job 1-2 months in because they got a better offer elsewhere, and most replies tell the OP that they should quit and do what's best for them. But I'm torn between doing what's best for me, and feeling like I'm taking advantage of/screwing over the home health agency. Advice?