Post # 1
So I work as a nurse, in a ruralish hospital in a more med/surg hospital and ER, however since I am in a larger rural facility….and fairly young into my nursing career, It is hard to find good oppertunities…..welll here is my problem….My SO and I have been talking about if we want to stay in this town, or move to somewhere else….it wouldnt be for a year or 18months….as of now….(we originally moved here to be close to family and where we grew up….and now both families are moving in completely opposite directions, so besides jobs there is nothing to really tie us here)…
So I have found out that If I were to take a PRN job at MY DREAM JOB! The supervisor has said that in a year or so if not sooner, I would have to oppertunity to come on full time, as a nurse for them (trauma jobs are insainley hard to get)…with oppertunities for advancement and they offer help to people as the go to school, and would have more oppertunities as a Nurse Practitioner when Im done with school….its a great oppertunity in a year or so for me….but it is great extra money now, and i have relatives nearby I can stay with, (it is four hours away in the hospital where my aunt works, she told me about it and put me intouch with the unit manager about the prn position, she did say i can have full time if i want it, but for now we talked about prn, since i cant feesibly move at this time, (just wont work out getting ready to start harvest for us….our last harvest on the farm before we sell it since dad is too old to run it anymore i wont leave them short during this)… and she didnt want to loose me so the offer is on as prn….ill tell her the awnser next week….IF everything pans out…
Now heres the catch….i LOVE my Job!! the only thing is its not full time trauma and ER like I want and thrive on….(trauma nurses will know what im talking about!)….I love my crew and my boss….BUT! They have offered me a position as a charge nurse/supervisior(wich is hard to be offered esp as a young nurse the last supervisor they trained was the youngest and shed been an RN for 7 YEARS! I have less than half that in years, but have had to handle more due to where i worked before this job…..and have seen more….shed also been at this job for 5 years before she was even looked at for this promotion….they also want to cross train me to OB, again It is SOOOO HARD to get this oppertunity in my job….and facility….essentially they said they love me soo much they want me to do it all….this does make me more marketable to other facilities….buuutttt…..if i leave within the next 2 years then after all the training they are going to put me through esp the OB at the end of the day i would have to pay back roughly $5,000 IF i take this oppertunity….
Soo bees im stuck….do i turn it down now and try and hold out for the dream job….Or do i take this as a back up if the dream job dosent pan out in a year so i dont loose this and eat the money if it does…..they understand that my SO is a farm hand for guys so we are completely at the mercy of his job market as to where we live….but he finishes his education degree next may soo there is no gaurantee that he will get a job out here….but there are 4 colleges in the direct sounding area where we would live (2 jucos a four year and a tech school he could work at)….
So I guesee Im stuck as to wether i should accept this opportunity now with my current job (they do know im thinking about this other job and offered it to me anyways…) or just wait….SO says i should do whatever makes me happy as do my parents and FILs….but the problem is BOTH could and would make me happy….sigh
Post # 3
Well you are past the getting your foot in the door stage. To which I say congratulations. And it sounds like you have to great opportunities. However, one of said opportunities may or may not work out since you need time to take care of some things and it sounds like they are hiring now.
My personal suggestion would be to take the promotion with your current employer and get the extra training to make you more marketable. During which time you should save up the 5 grand to pay them back should you decide to make an early escape. I suspect with the extra training you’ll have no problem finding another job with educational benefits. The two years will also give your FI time to finish his degree and give the two of you a chance to explore more and find where you really want to lay down roots of your own.
Or like you said towards the end. Maybe your FI will find a job in your area and you’ll both decide it is the right place for the two of you.
Post # 4
I wish I had your problem, can’t get into a hospital job for the life of me. The charge nurse position would be excellent for your resume, but I say take your dream job. Nursing is a stressful enough career as is, so do whatever will make you happy in the long run and won’t leave you dreading your next twelve.
Post # 5
This is a tough one… on the bright side, either one sounds great and I think you would be pretty happy and successful at both!
How do you feel about the charge nurse position? It’s a great opportunity, but would it be stressful to you? I have a lot of family and friends who are nurses. Some were burnt out by their jobs and quit, while the others love their jobs and many have been promoted.
If you think the charge nurse position would be too stressful, I’d go with your dream job, especially if you think you might not get that opportunity again. But if not, if you think you can handle it, I’d stick with your current position, since you’re already doing so well there. Good luck!
Post # 6
@everyheart: I have been in a charge nurse situation before and i loved it….i really enjoyed the fact that it put me in the ER, and I like helping the staff nurses out….I do enjoy doing it…..
thanks everyone….I can still take a prn oppertunity there and still try my dream job and have a go at it once in a while….
I think ill do as a PP suggested and take the current promotion and save up for incase the dream job works out and go stay with my aunt one weekend a month and work out there to see if i like it and still take the oppertunity given to me here….and take those skills and if it dosent work in a year and its longer then ill be able to be more marketable!
@Kellbell11: i know alot of people have said that….have you tried for med/surg units….i know most nurses dont want med surg units….but trust me…that experience helps and they are usually more non acute care experience nurse friendly….and often have a higher turn around rate and open positions because they often dont require experience but their experience is often perferred for specialty units….i love doing med surg….but im an er gal at heart……ive been doing med surg for over 4 years now…..just a suggestion…ive heard many people get disheartned with trying to get on at a hospital….because they dont want to “settle” for med surg….but ive seen alot of in house nurses get opening in the units over people from outside the hospital….and if youve never done hospital….i really do suggest trying med surg….i gained sooo much experience from those floors….best of luck to you in getting a hospital job!
Post # 7
@kansas_nurse: Oh I’d love a med-surg unit, basically would love to get into anything besides hospice (not that I don’t love it…it just tires and bums you out after a while) Even med surg positions in my state are so hard to get into. But thanks for the advice! Did you take the promotion?
Post # 8
@Kellbell11: I am for right now….my so and i talked about it and its better to do it….and either a) have the experience and use it to get the full time job i want….or b) decide i like it and stay…
right now the tentative plan is to take the prn dream job work it once in awhile and then if i really love it transition…..and work the promotion for now….and stay prn for them once in awhile when we move (if)….
i understand about hospice….it is hard to do day in and day out…..