Post # 1
So I am a RN and have been working for a little over 4 years. for the last 1.5, i have been working in the ER at a pediatric hospital. I started looking for a new job due to the fact that my husband and i bought a house and the commute to this job is approx 3 hours round trip.
anyhow, i got a new job that’s 8:30-5ish, monday though friday. super excited not to have a weekend/holiday requirement and to work normal people hours. the job is a nurse manager position with clinical work as well at a primary care practice about 35 min from my house. there are some things in my job description that i have no idea how to do, but the doctors are aware of that and seem very helpful. the pay is about 8k less/year than what i would be making in the ER.
i am currently trying to decide whether to stay on as a PRN (as needed) nurse in the ER. i do enjoy working in the ER, though it is super stressful often, especially in the winter. the hourly requirements if i stay are 2 12 hr shifts each 6 week period with a holiday requirement (1 in the winter–thanksgiving, new years & xmas and 1 in the summer–memorial day, 4th of july & labor day). i would def miss a lot of the people i work with in the ER, but i am not sure i can handle having to do 6 day work weeks on the weeks when i have to do ER shifts and the commute is awful.
what should i do, bees? i keep going back and forth and need to decide by tomorrow.
ETA: PRN staff also gets a better hourly salary than i make now working full time, since benefits aren’t included, so that would help with the pay cut…..BUT i would def only be working the minimum required hours and the $ isn’t a huge concern.
Post # 3
If you keep it for now, could you decide later that you didn’t want to continue doing it? If so, that’s what I would suggest. Gives you a chance to see how tiring those 6-day work weeks actually are.
Post # 4
I’d say quit it, especially if the money is not a huge concern. I feel like the 6 day workweek plus the commute and working holidays will get to you pretty soon (not just you, to anyone).
Post # 5
i feel like the logical side of me says keep it just for a few months at least to make sure everything goes well/until the probation period thing ends at my new job (2-3 months i think). the non-logical side is like OMG NO MORE WEEKENDS/HOLIDAYS, QUIT!
also, i’ve never had a job in a primary care office so i have no idea what it’ll be like. i know i will be using a lot less of the nursing skills i’ve worked so hard to learn in the ER, so that’s another consideration.. but i KNOW it’s going to be so exhausting to have 2 jobs and that initially i’m going to have a ton of learning to do at my new job
Post # 6
@li612: I’m tempted to say give it a shot but I also know how valuable having days off can be. My partner is a nurse, and for about a summer, he picked up some PRN shifts at a nursing home. he had never worked in a nursing home before (at that point, he had been an RN for 6 years or so? Maybe a little more. He mostly works on a stroke adn telemetry floor). It wasn’t any more work than where he is now, but they were not using digital records at all and it was often dificult to find the doctors. He was required to work a shift every other week, but they VERY quickly were houding him to work more often (since I lived with him, I heard the messages and they would sometimes call mroe than once a DAY. I get maybe calling if you need someone on the fly, but dude, when they are calling him more than everyone else he knows combined, there is a problem). He hasn’t worked there in over 2 years and they STILL periodically call trying to entice him back. Since he didn’t work there regularly, he often felt very out of sorts. At least with you, you know the people you work with. For him, he didn’t feel like he ever got to know them b/c he wasn’t there enough.
If you’re used to working holidays in the ER, it probably won’t be that bad to be back into that. What are the pros you see right off the bat to going back to the ER? WHat about the cons?
Post # 7
thanks for your response.
-if i happened to get fired from my new job (unlikely–i was hired on the spot– but you never know, i guess), i’d be able to pick up more shifts in the ER.
-a little extra $
-keeping my nursing skills up to date (but i wouldn’t be using them anywhere else? so idk)
-working with people i like mostly
-6 day work weeks sometimes