Hi, thanks for all the replies.
I had my interview yesterday. Well, the building consists of consulting rooms downstairs and a small day surgery centre upstairs. Downstairs there are the receptionists and the practice manager, upstairs there are two office staff, the lady who cleans the instruments and the lady who does the sterilisation of equipment. Two theatres, one set up for gastroscope/colonoscope procedures, the other set up for eyes. I would be the only full time RN, the other RN's are casual and come in for "their" doctors lists.
The centre is owned by an opthamologist, his wife is also closely involved with running the centre. She is a psychologist specialising in geriatrics. Both seem pleasant people. I met the other opthamologist who works there. He seems ok. I also met the accountant.
They all seem to be impressed by my qualifications and experience, and they are pretty serious about offering me the job.
I asked if I would be able to access conference leave to attend the nurses day surgery conferences and the wife said, "that would be a good idea, I haven't been to one for a few years, we'll be able to go together". MMmm, that got me thinking, this lady is going to be very close to where I'm standing, she's going to want to know what I'm doing most days.
But, the salary package is generous, and maybe she'll relax when she knows me better, or maybe she's just lonely in the practice and sees me as another professional woman she can associate with. I don't know.
The downside is loosing my accumulated sick leave, my long service, and going from 6 weeks leave to 4 weeks leave. But I will get all weekends, public holidays, easter and christmas off.
I am also concerned that I will be in a job where there will be no-one to laugh with. No other RN's, except for when the lists are on, and lets face it, I don't think a psychologist specialising in geriatrics is going to have the same black humour as a 43 year old nurse.
I have pretty much mulled over this decision for the past 48 hours, and I am pretty sure I am going to refuse it, if it is offered. It seems like madness I know, but I don't feel that I am a "good fit" for this job.