hello wonderful nurses of allnurses!
your cumulative wisdom has not failed me yet, so, i need your help.
first, i am soooo blessed in our current economic situation to have a job, let alone the option for another, so please know that i feel blessed to have any job, albiet a frustrating one.
working 40 hr/week in family practice, job satisfaction stinks, understaffed, overworked and underpaid...but with great benefits. i'm starting per diem in cardiac tele unit for 12$ more per hour, but no benefits. so working 56 hours a week total...
i did my externship in cardiac surgery icu, got used to heartmate iis, lvads, balloon pumps, vasoactive drips and much high acuity, and i miss my cardiac pts. i'm applying for cardio-focused anp programs for next year and i need this experience. on the downside, i just got promoted to charge nurse at the family practice clinic.
i would love to resign from this family practice, which has arduous round-the-clock triage call, no p/p for nursing, lots of non-nursing clerical tasks and minimal clinical assessment (as i near permanent burnout), but 2-3 unknown per diem shift with no benefits may not be secure enough given loan payments and saving...but the schedule would work better for grad school.
do i risk leaving a benefitted job for less hours (in my fav. specialty) to avoid burnout, to work where i want to? if nothing more permanent opens up in the cardiac unit, i might be stuck with just per diems, or no job at all... i can't do 56 hour weeks for very long...
any insight is greatly appreciated!