Thank you, guys for your words of encouragement. I had my interview today after work at 1630. It was probably the worst interview experience that I have ever had in my career. The interview was with the chief of the ED, who showed up late and only talked with me for about 10-15minutes. She asked me a lot of questions about me and my experience as a nurse, and did not talk about the unit at all. She didn't tell me how it was set up, how many beds, the nurse to patient ratio. What she did tell me, however, what the nurse recruiter failed to mention, was that she was only offering full-time nights. No evenings or day shifts. I have worked 12 years as a nurse flipping around from nights to days to evenings. I have a family, and nights are just so hard for me. I explained this to her very nicely, then she walked with me down the hall to the elevator and explained to me how to find the parking garage from there. On the way out, I did ask her how many beds were in the ED. She said that there were 43 beds, 10 trauma beds in addition to triage. Sounds like a nightmare. This nurse manager is not one that I would like to report to. I even explained to her that one thing that attracted me to Children's was that it was a not-for-profit hospital, and that I was very passionate about those in desperate need of medical care. Then she said that really the bottom line is money. "If we don't get paid, then we can't take care of the next patient that needs our help." I understand that, but should that really have been stated in the interview? I am ok with the job I have now. Then again, maybe pediatric ER is not a good fit for me. I may do better in an ICU setting or the cardiac step-down. I will continue to pray about this. God knows what I am meant to be doing and He will direct my path if I just listen to Him.
:zzzzzI really like the work on nights, but I just cannot do it full-time. I've tried several times, and the sleep deprivation makes me crazy. It's just not fair to my family either.
What do you make of this? Let me know your opinions. Thanks.
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