- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
Hi bees! I could really use some advice, especially from all the nurses out there.
I have been a nurse for about 6 months now, so still new, but I’ve worked as a nursing assistant for a few years prior. My specialty is in geriatrics, and I absolutely love working with the elderly.
I have been at the same facility for over 5 years now. I’ve been unhappy there for a couple months now, so I’ve been looking for a new job. I had an interview last week and was offered the position but told them I would think about it. At first I was happy, but now that I’m thinking about it, I feel like I should stay at my current position for a little longer.
Here’s the deal:
My current job – assisted living/LTC. Working 32-36 hours a week on night shift (11p-7a). 5 minutes from my house. $24 an hour, but no vacation time or benefits (could have them, but opted not to as I’m on DH’s insurance). Familiar with all the residents and staff there.. I guess you could say I feel comfortable there. There is also another nurse always in the building with me if emergencies arise, etc. However, management is pretty bad and I’m getting burnt out working night shift.. I’m always tired at home. The plus side is having my evenings free (I sleep during the day, unless I’m off that night).
Other job – assisted living. Full time with benefits, however, it’s on the 3-11 shift which I swore I would never work again. It’s 30 minutes from my house, I would be the only nurse at times for almost 100 residents, I would be on call for one full week a month, and its less money (around 4 dollars less an hour). Management seems nice, the staff seems happy, and my friend who works there really likes it, although she hasn’t been there very long.
I feel torn. At one end, I want out of my current job, but I feel like if I took this job I would be taking it just to work somewhere else – I feel like the cons outweigh the benefits, and I’m wondering if I should keep looking for a job that’s during the day, which is ultimately what I want.
Thoughts?! Any advice is appreciated. Thanks girls 🙂