I have been tossing around this idea in my head for the past 2 weeks and figure some input via this site couldn't hurt.
So heres the situation.
I am in my first year of being an RN. I currently work in CCU, did 4 months of orientation and have been on my own for 1 month. It's not terrible, the staff is really helpful, but I just feel so stressed and working 330a-4p is beginning to wear on me. I fear that one day I'm going to screw up or miss something and it's all going to go south. I love the learning and the challenge, but sometimes its too much and the stress just wears on me (even on my days off). I suppose I can sum it up as a love/hate relationship.
My wife is a nurse too (woot!), and she just got a job in Home healthcare with the organization we work for. During her interview they asked what I did, she told them I was a nurse, and they asked if I was interested in home healthcare too, as they have a few husband/wife couples. The HHC dept is expanding so they have available positions, and I'm sure I could get a job there if I applied. Thinking it over, I would love to do this for the following reasons.
-My wife and I would be on the same schedule, (Yay! We're still newlyweds and sometimes don't get to/barely see eachother for 2-3 days because of work)
-Work 1 weekend every six weeks.
-I would end up making more in that position.
-Wouldn't have to worry the day before about falling asleep on time, let alone the stress tomrrow brings.
-The agency is centered about 7 miles from my house.
-Wear and tear on car (which, my car is pretty reliable, so not a real issue)
-Working 5 days a week (Though I enjoy the thought of starting later and having nights off, plus my current unit has scheduled overtime, making us come 4 days in a week, even if just for 4 hours)
I have only been on my unit for 5 months now and only 1 month off of orientation. I know it cost alot to train nurses and I dont want to just up and leave my unit after 6 months (since you need to be there for 6 months to transfer), but I just feel that doing HHC is a better fit for my life, wife, and lifestyle.
So, with that all in mind, do you think it would be bad to leave my unit after 6 months?
I imagined critical care to really be my thing, but as time goes by I just feel less and less dedicated to the area, and would much rather have more time to spend with my wife and volunteer with my church.
Plus in HHC it seems you get more time to spend with the patient, and that patient isn't on the brink of some life-changing medical event.
I guess this ended up being more of a vent/clearing of the head (I have more to type, but I suppose i'll leave the post where it is).
Thanks for reading, and any advice is welcomed.