I want your guys' opinion on something.
I've been working in my hospitals 8 bed ICU/CCU since 2-26-02. I transferred over from a 30 bed tele cardiac/resp med surg unit. I have 5 years experience as an RN. Since I am the junior RN on the 7p-7a shift and because my job description say so, I have to go out and work the med/surg units when the census in ICU doesn't require 3 RN's which is most of the time. My question is this:
I have an interview set up this Friday with the Nursing Recruiter at a larger hospital 35 miles away from me for a 1 day a week position in one of their ICU's. I was thinking that I could get some more critical care exp under my belt plus get to work with Swans and IABP's more often as we rarely see these in the ICU that I (don't) work in now. At my current job, I work three days a week--12 hr shifts. I could swing working a 4th 12 hr shift a week plus I can always use the extra money.
Do you think that this is a good idea or a bad idea?
Thanks in advance for your advice!
Jun 19, '02
No, I would be using the extra money for paying off debt. I seriously need to put myself on a strict budget and save some so I can have kids, which I want to do soon.
When I first moved to where I am at now, I drove back and forth to the city where this hospital is located for a year and a half. I worked 12 hour shifts there and I never had a problem staying awake driving.
Then again, I was thinking about telling my current employer to KMA(ki$$ my a$$) --I'd have to give 4 weeks notice or 30 days--take a month off (haven't had a "true" vacation in almost 2 years)--as I have 140 hours of PTO accrued and start at this other hospital---if they had a FT opening., in ICU, I don't want to work floors again.
But, I think that if I did that, I'd be taking a couple dollars an hour pay cut. Then again is a few lousy dollars worth staying at a place where I am not happy?
And another thing, I did the majority of my clinicals at this hospital so I am familiar with things unless they underwent a massive change in 6 years since I did my clinicals.
I dunno right now I am so confused.
Last edit by RNforLongTime on Jun 19, '02