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Has anyone ever worked 2 fulltime jobs or is it possible? what are your experiences and how long did you last if ever you did work 2 full time jobs?... Read More

  1. by   Ayeloflo
    Quote from shyinla2004
    Thanks guys for all your responses it seems that all your thoughts are unanimous. I guess i will need a break too and use my free time to study on areas that I need to brush-up on. Thanks for all your input..i truly appreciate it...
    All I can say is that everybody is different. I don't know what your life experiences have being and what your strengths and weaknesses are. Some people can endure highly stressful work better than others.
    I do, however, understand why most posters are advising you against that. But, if for whatever reason, your motive for considering two jobs keeps pinching you then I'll say DO IT. If it gets too much for you, you can always quit, and that's fine too. :spin:
  2. by   tgb3rn
    I work 3/12's at a hospital on night shift 7p-7a and 3/12's sometimes 4/12's at a home health position. I have 2 days off the entire month of December. I am married with three kiddos and my wife is in nursing school full time now. We live in a very rural area, I drive over 30 miles one way to either job. The wife drives 70 miles one way to get to school 5 days a week. I have been doing this for over 2 years now and the first year I had to watch our 4 year old in the daytime as well ( all 3 are in school now). Oh ya and I just finished my own RN program while doing all of this, (was an LPN going through Excelsior program). It can be done. After saying all of that, DON"T FREAKING DO IT!!!!!!! I only do it because I MUST do it. My wife can't handle school and work (even though I had to), we couldn't affford day care, pay around here is rock bottom. I am sooooo looking forward to July when she graduates and starts working again. I think I may take a month off just to vegitate. All that keeps me going is the light at the end of the tunnel, I see it , I swear I do....thier comming to take me away ho ho ha ha weeeeeeeeeee!!!:spin: :lol_hitti :selfbonk: :smackingf
    DON"T FREAKING DO IT!!!!!
    Tom
  3. by   santhony44
    Quote from tgb3rn
    I work 3/12's at a hospital on night shift 7p-7a and 3/12's sometimes 4/12's at a home health position. I have 2 days off the entire month of December. I am married with three kiddos and my wife is in nursing school full time now. We live in a very rural area, I drive over 30 miles one way to either job. The wife drives 70 miles one way to get to school 5 days a week. I have been doing this for over 2 years now and the first year I had to watch our 4 year old in the daytime as well ( all 3 are in school now). Oh ya and I just finished my own RN program while doing all of this, (was an LPN going through Excelsior program). It can be done. After saying all of that, DON"T FREAKING DO IT!!!!!!! I only do it because I MUST do it. My wife can't handle school and work (even though I had to), we couldn't affford day care, pay around here is rock bottom. I am sooooo looking forward to July when she graduates and starts working again. I think I may take a month off just to vegitate. All that keeps me going is the light at the end of the tunnel, I see it , I swear I do....thier comming to take me away ho ho ha ha weeeeeeeeeee!!!:spin: :lol_hitti :selfbonk: :smackingf
    DON"T FREAKING DO IT!!!!!
    Tom
    Tom: Hats off to you! :bowingpur Not many people would do what you're doing. You deserve to have a month to veg out!

    To the OP: If you don't absolutely have to do it, don't. What you're suggesting would be extremely difficult for a seasoned nurse to do. It would be insanity for a new grad. You really, really don't want to do that to yourself.
  4. by   Gennaver
    Quote from shyinla2004
    Has anyone ever worked 2 fulltime jobs or is it possible? what are your experiences and how long did you last if ever you did work 2 full time jobs?

    Hi,
    I have worked two full-time jobs yet, not as a nurse and not as a new grad.

    I was only able to sustain it for about three month stretch. I am not sure if it was the commute, life stress or what but, I ended up resigning from BOTH jobs!

    I worked 16 hour shifts at one hospital over the weekends for days to afternoons) and midnight shift at the other hospital with an overlap on my day off from the in order to pick up another afternoon shift from the weekend place, during the week to equal full-time).

    This was only as a CNA and all I did during my off time between the two was to sleep, eat, bathe, and rest my legs.

    I would not recommend this for anyone, let alone a new graduate nurse.

    Based on how I've heard that what we will learn as new nurses and how we are precepted and where we work initially will set our entire tone for our nursing career I hope to very cautiously plan out my first place of employment and preceptorship. Although for me, I hope and anticipate that it will be through the Army Nurse Corps.

    Good luck!
    Gen-two more quarters til graduation!
  5. by   shyinla2004
    Hey guys,
    I think it is doablle but really at the expense of something else like efficiency and quality of life. i guess you dont have to do it unless really necessary depending on your situation. I admire you Tom for making the sacrifice for your family. That is really one way of justifying having two jobs at the same time. Good points
  6. by   Spritenurse1210
    It Sucks
  7. by   BSNtobe2009
    I agree
  8. by   sunnyjohn
    Quote from Jess1983
    It Sucks
    Quote from BSNtobe2009
    I agree
    I concur.
  9. by   rn/writer
    If you are exhausted, if you are trying to learn two new jobs at the same time, if you have no chance to rest your brain and assimilate what you are learning, if you end up confusing the policies and procedures of one place with those of the other, if you find yourself mandated and have to call in on short notice for the alternate hospital, if a thousand other things that can go wrong do go wrong, you could put your license in jeopardy while the ink is still drying.

    What kind of obligation do you have to the sponsoring hospital. If it's merely financial, perhaps you could ask about a hiring bonus or enough of a pay differential to offset the debt. Even if that isn't possible, there might be some other way for you to fulfill your committment. You owe the sponsoring hospital whatever it was you agreed to when they took you on.
  10. by   purplemania
    great way to burn out and hate nursing all together. Also, you might get attached to that money and have a hard time settling for less. Funny how we spend all we make! Remember that your job is to finance your life. It is not your life.
  11. by   subee
    What's wrong with honoring your contract you made with your original hospital.? You will learn plenty in a small hospital because the nurses are generally less specialized. You have to rest of your life to work in someone else's ER but you'd look better to any employer if you fulfilled your contract.
  12. by   shyinla2004
    hey guys,
    thanks for shelling out your thoughts. I have no intention of not fulfilling my obligations to my sponsoring hospital, the thought just crossed my mind that since i will be only working 3 12-hour days a week, I still have 4 days off. I felt it might be good to take a second job especially one that offers training and good benefits. But I guess as a new grad, a lot has to be learned in one hospital alone.
  13. by   PANurseRN1
    Quote from MSU_nurse07
    What about part-time or per diem and full-time?
    No. Way too stessful as a new grad. Awfully stessful for people who aren't newbies, for that matter.

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