Well, I started this job as a psychiatric nurse back in July. I wasn't sure about it at first but now I have grown comfortable and really like my job.
The problems with this job are 1) the commute. 50 minutes to and from work. It's killing my husband and I financially. 2) The hours. I for some strange reason thought I would be okay with going back to working 11p-7a five nights a week, but I'm finding that it just doesn't work well for me. If I didn't have kids, it would be okay. But with a four year old, and a baby on the way... wow. I just don't have the energy, or the time. I want to sleep most of the time, and my sleep schedule is so fragmented.
Soooooo... it looks like I'm going to be switching jobs again. Okay, here's my schedule. I leave for maternity leave on February 16th. I plan on returning to work SOMEWHERE on April the 1st. I have my eye particularly on two different hospitals; both a bit closer to home, and both psychiatric positions.
And both twelve hour shifts, three days a week.
WHEN should I apply to these places? Would applying around the beginning of January be too early? For an April 1st start date? See, I would ideally like to just go ahead and start a new job when I return to working, and I would also ideally like to go ahead and just tell my current job that I won't be returning after maternity leave.
What should I do? I'm asking in here because I thought there used to be a career advice forum but I couldn't find it?