from the frying pan into the fire

  1. Hi everyone,

    I was working at a major insurance company, doing work from home, and they were doing mass layoffs. Being a single mom, I didn't want to risk being laid off, and I knew I didn't see myself working at this company long term, so I started looking for a new position. I interviewed for two jobs within a couple days of each other. One was a hospital case man job, and the other was with a prior manager, for a bedside RN. Both managers indicated at the time they were interested, and that they would submit me into the HR system. I was really excited about the bedside nursing job, because I missed patient care. That job was with a previous manager, so she was willing to take a risk on me, even though it had been 5 years since my last hospital bedside position. The other job, I loved the manager, and felt that it would be a good personality fit. I was just going to see which one came through. Wellll, the case man job came through in 2.5 weeks, I stalled a little, called the bedside position HR, was told if I had the job, the hiring manager would call me. At 3 weeks, I took the case man job....and a week later, the bedside position was offered at a couple dollars more an hour (both jobs ended up being about the same annually, with case man M-F/40 hrs/salaried). I took a weekend to really consider dropping the case man job and jumping to the bedside one, but finally felt, that due to having gone through accepting the case man position officially/completing the physical, that it would be unprofessional to not go through with it.

    So, with boring backstory done, I am four months into the case management position, and they are laying off people, cut one FT position from my department (so I now have no assigned SW, which increased my workload 25%-50%). I am very frustrated, since I clearly indicated during the interview process I was looking for more stability, wanting a position to settle into, with the manager telling me about the longevity of staff working at that hospital. So, post layoffs, I have spent the past month working late/through lunch (yeah, I know, we are nurses, suck it up - but when you are salaried, and took a job for a couple bucks less an hour, every hour extra bites). Additionally, I am killing myself, and we are low census, with one unit closed, so I am dreading when census is back up, and the other unit open again, because at least now, if I am really drowning, someone can come help me with a SNF referral or open a couple new patients. Being impatient, I looked to see if they were hiring at the bedside job, and they are...so, the big question, is should I call the bedside job hiring manager and ask if they would still consider hiring me (when we talked at the time I turned down the position, explaining that I ended up taking the case man job because the delay in the job offer made me think I was not getting the job, he had told me to call him if anything changed in the future).

    Thanks for any/all advice
    Last edit by Honeygirl46 on Jun 17
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   dishes
    The bedside job is open again after just four months, kind of suggests a revolving door...I wonder if the nurses in that position feel like their killing themselves with work.
  4. by   Been there,done that
    "Being impatient, I looked to see if they were hiring at the bedside job".

    Your post is hard to follow. I can't tell what you want, and I think you can't either. Take some time to carefully assess what position you want.

    You are qualified for many.. deep breaths.. take some time for introspection.
  5. by   Honeygirl46
    The bedside job is in LTACH, which I have done in the past. There is typically a lot of turnover, as the field draws former ICU nurses, who are just horrified by what happens to the trach/pegged pt's, and they get a lot of nursing home nurses, who think the smaller patient load will be easier, and they can't handle how sick the patients are. I loved LTACH as a former ICU nurse, complex patients, like the wound care, but less intense than running a patient actively in shock all day. Granted, it was emotionally draining work, but I have worked in a variety of settings, and quite frankly, I have found all of nursing draining.

    Thanks for responding
  6. by   Honeygirl46
    Very true, I think in general, I am completely burned out on nursing, and am hoping that there will be some relief with being on a 3-12's schedule.

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