October 21, 2014 at 12:22 PM #16556
I’m actually very torn n need some advice. I’m a new nurse recently passed my boards. I got a job offer full time at a mentally n physically disability home. Not my first choice but a start. I got offered the job on the spot which I was shocked but accepted. I am suppose to sign papers soon but yesterday I got a call from a hospital for an interview for part time in psych. So my question to you all is do I try to post pone my job that I accepted hoping that I get the other job. Or decline it all together? I don’t want to risk in the end not having a job at all when I could start somewhere!October 21, 2014 at 2:51 PM #16559
Jason Hautala RNMember
Can you afford to work only part time if the other job works out? Whenever you start a new job, there is a probationary period, usually 90 days around here, in which you can be fired without cause for any reason and you can quit without cause … things just aren’t working out. If you wanted to state you could start in the future sometime at the full time job, go ahead, but don’t be afraid to take it if you are living in a place in which new grads are having a hard time finding a job … either way, interview for the part time job. If you get it and can afford it, go for it and explain to the full time place that it just isn’t the work environment for you.
Even if you can’t afford to work part time, you should still interview with them for the experience of interviewing, and then if they offer you the job, you can mention you would love to work for them, but can’t afford part time work. I did that once and they wanted me bad enough to offer me full time hours.
The fact that the first place offered you the job right on the spot seems a little strange to me. I’m thinking that it isn’t going to be a very good place to work. If it is all you can get, take it and keep looking for other work, but if you can get on someplace else, I bet you will be happier.
Good luck.October 22, 2014 at 4:03 PM #16582
As Jason replied, if you can afford to do part time, I would go with the hospital. The reason why is learning and experience. Even though you just graduated school, there is so much more to learn and I learned that by working in a hospital. As a new grad, I thought I knew it all but after a few short weeks with my preceptor, I came to the realization I didn’t know much after all. School gives you the basics but the experience you will gain at a facility is irreplaceable. I worked at a LTC (Long Term Care) facility as my first job and only because they offered a sign on bonus, even for a new grad. I stayed there for 3 years before moving on to a med-surg unit at a local hospital. That’s where my learning began and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Good luck with your decision and I hope your experience at whichever you chose is a great one!!October 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM #16583
Thank you all for your advice!! I am fortunate enough to be able to work part time for now I am 22 living at home just need to pay off those school loans! I had the other interview today. I got offered the position for psych shortly after my interview today in the hospital and can cross train for med surg n can pick up shifts! Thank you for your advice:) can’t wait to start my career
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