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Should a new nurse who feels unchallenged in new job take an offer to enter a residency program and work in the mother/baby unit?

Dear Donna,

I am a new nurse out of school for one year. I was able to find a job in public health after graduation but after being here for over six months, I feel I’m not learning much. I have now been offered an opportunity with a local hospital to enter a residency program and work in the mother/baby unit. I’m not sure this is the specialty I want to work in, and I feel torn about what to do. I’m interested in forensics but that would be down the road.

Not Sure What To Do

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Not Sure What To Do,

As a new nurse in a competitive and challenging job market and in a situation where neither choice is ideal, it is usually best to go with the one offering the greatest opportunity for professional growth and development.

Mother/baby nursing may not be your ideal, but the opportunity to enter a new RN internship and get some hospital experience isn’t to be taken lightly. Many new nurses would jump for joy at the
same opportunity.

You also have to consider that any job you take is not permanent. So if after a year or two you want to move on, you have that option and will be more marketable. In the meantime, you’ll be building your experience, critical thinking skills and resume. Who knows, you just may like the job you take. Also consider once you get a foot in the door at a hospital, it’s easier to move to another specialty you might like better within the system.

I recommend you speak to some nurses working in the mother/baby specialty and do an informational interview with them. To learn how to conduct an informational interview, read (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Interviewing. You can find specialty nurses in your area by asking around or through nursing associations. On their websites, officers and their contact information should be listed.

If you accept the residency, join the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing (www.AWHONN.org, attend meetings and join a committee. This will help to increase your learning curve, get immersed in the community of nursing, which is especially important as a new nurse, and find role models and mentors.

Here’s an article that may help you make your decision: “To act or not — It’s your decision” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/To-Act-or-Not).

Best wishes,
Donna

By | 2015-01-12T00:00:00-05:00 January 12th, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Nursing careers and jobs|0 Comments

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