- 0Jun 17, '11 by NepRNHi All,
After waiting for years finally opportunity knocked at my door. I graduated 5 years back but couldn't work due to personal reasons, but when I was ready I didn't find a job.
I now have a part-time night shift medical-surgical job on the table and also Department of Health daytime school nursing job on the table. Being a mom of two joggling everything alone, I don't know which one is better or if I should consider taking both the jobs.
I lack hospital experience and floor nursing is the best way to gain experience. But when I think about DOH school nursing job, it's a city job and a government job and I have nice prospective of earning pension, retiring at the age of 62, working when my kids are in school and so on. If I take the civil service exam and pass it I will be a permanent employee.
I need to decide by Monday and I can't think which might be better. What do you all think? Thanks for suggestions!
- 0Jun 17, '11 by A&OxNoneWell, if bedside nursing is what you want to do, I would say at least try to do the med/surg job, just to get some experience so you can do other things.
But if you dont want to do bedside, does it matter if you take the school nurse job? If you aren't looking to do the hospital route, then you really didn't lose anything, in my opinion.
But, you have to balance whatever is right for you and your kids. I'm not sure if taking both of them is a good idea - I would hate to see you do poorly in both jobs because you are splitting your time, when you can be exceptional in one.
- 0Jun 17, '11 by ijuanabhappyHow old are your kids? Would someone be at home to watch them while you worked nights? What do you ultimately want to do as a nurse? A lot of people don't enjoy bedside nursing. If you think you would be interested at all in the school nursing job, I would definitely take that one if it were me. Sounds like a great opportunity with awesome benefits!
- 0Jun 17, '11 by TheMissI agree that you can only do the nightshift job if you have someone who looks after your kids.
Are both jobs part time? And if so, how many days/hours a week is each? If they are both 16hours/week jobs you could do both. If they are more I wouldn't recommend it.
School nursing is fun and very challenging and you will learn valuable lessons - plus have a much better inside into the generation of your children. I know a few school nurses who love their job, do it part time and pick up floor shifts as well.
Sounds like the DOH job gives you the benefits you look for, which might make it a higher priority for you and thus suit you better.
Good luck with your decision
- 0Jun 17, '11 by Amanda.RNPersonally, I would go for the school nursing job. It sounds like an awesome opportunity with excellent benefits. I think you may get burned out working two jobs, especially since one of them is nights and would throw you off your sleeping schedule. Either way you decide, I'm sure it's what will be right for you.
- 0Jun 17, '11 by Sun0408Single mom I would say the daytime job.. It will be easier to find child care if/when you needed it but chances are you wont need childcare because you will be off summers, holidays etc with them..right?? If you take the night job, someone will have to watch your kids while you are at work unless they are teenager, but I would feel uncomfortable doing that (leaving them home alone).. Also what will you do with the kids while you are sleeping during their holidays and summer??...
- 0Jun 17, '11 by LoveMyBugsCould you take the DOH and instead of part time go on call/per diem for the Med-surg job.
That way you get bedside nursing experience and you can also do the school nursing.
I am a single parent myself, but have a great support system so I can work anytime, are you able to work nights? Do you have the support system in place? What type of nursing do you want to do, and which job would help you get there?
- 0Jun 18, '11 by Miller86I know you want hospital experience but the school job might be more practical for your personal life (being with your children). Try to see if they will allow a casual position for the med/surg job. I think both jobs sound fantastic but pick the one that will most suit your current situation since being a mom (especially single) is a full time job.
Best of luck in what you choose!
- 0Jun 18, '11 by kbrn2002Only you can decide what's best but since you are looking for outside opinions, here is mine: I would go with the DOH job if it is full time, or at least benefit eligible. It sounds like the hours would be a great fit for you. If you have the option, I would consider taking the DOH position and the other position as a per diem/casual nurse. That way you could pick up shifts there at your convenience, and that may be especially nice when you are out of school nursing for longer periods of time. The extra income could come in handy during summer break. Whatever you decide, congrats on getting not one job offer, but two!