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  1. I have a choice to make.

    My husband and I need money, so I went back to work as a CNA on the weekends to help make ends meet while I finish school.

    1) a nursing home, here in town, paying me $9 an hour, and I work 24 hours a weekend. It's all right on 3rd shift, which I like, but 2nd shift really sucks (from 6p-10p). Not very busy after 10. Paid every two weeks.

    2) a hospital, day shift, probably only 16 hours a week. Less patients, and I don't know if I like the people there. It's about a 40-45 minute drive away from home. Pay is $14.50 an hour and I would get paid every week.

    What would you do?

    Julie
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   canoehead
    Work at the one with higher pay and go per diem at the other. You can always switch later if you find the pay isn't worth the hassle.
  4. by   nursedawn67
    Weigh your options before deciding. If you take the hospital one, what kind of money are you talking for gas? Is the raise going to be worth it? And do you mind the 45 minute drive? Sounds to me it could be worth taking the hopital job, you'll have more time with your family on the weekends. Good luck in what ever you decide to do.
    Dawn



    Originally posted by Julielpn
    I have a choice to make.

    My husband and I need money, so I went back to work as a CNA on the weekends to help make ends meet while I finish school.

    1) a nursing home, here in town, paying me $9 an hour, and I work 24 hours a weekend. It's all right on 3rd shift, which I like, but 2nd shift really sucks (from 6p-10p). Not very busy after 10. Paid every two weeks.

    2) a hospital, day shift, probably only 16 hours a week. Less patients, and I don't know if I like the people there. It's about a 40-45 minute drive away from home. Pay is $14.50 an hour and I would get paid every week.

    What would you do?

    Julie
  5. by   Huganurse
    I'd choose door number 2.
  6. by   horsecrazy
    I'd take the second choice. You would have your foot already in the door when you graduate. You would also learn more depending on the unit you would be working at, i work at a facility 30 minutes away, you get so used to the drive, the car almost drives itself.
    good luck!
  7. by   CEN35
    sounds like the second job is better. of course, getting along with people you work with is important also. the the last factor..........a 45 minute drive? i guess that depends on whether you drive a cavalier, or a 4wd pick-up with a v-8. may not be worth it after all the gas bills and oil changes?

    just me
  8. by   Jenny P
    Julie, you sign on as "Julie LPN". If you ARE an LPN, you will be liable as an LPN if anything should happen at your workplace (whichever one you decide on) while you are there. Could you please explain your level of education, and (if you are an LPN) think about why you haven't chosen to work as one? You may not chose to work as one, but in the eyes of the law, you will still be treated as one. Wouldn't it be better to earn the salary of an LPN if you will be judged as one?
  9. by   4XNURSE
    Originally posted by Julielpn
    I have a choice to make.

    My husband and I need money,so I went back to work as a CNA on the weekends to help make ends meet while I finish school.

    1) a nursing home, here in town, paying me $9 an hour, and I work 24 hours a weekend. It's all right on 3rd shift, which I like, but 2nd shift really sucks (from 6p-10p). Not very busy after 10. Paid every two weeks.

    < 9 X 24 = $216.00 >

    2) a hospital, day shift, probably only 16 hours a week. Less patients, and I don't know if I like the people there. It's about a 40-45 minute drive away from home. Pay is $14.50 an hour and I would get paid every week.

    <14.50 X 16 = $232.00 >

    What would you do?

    <I'd work 8 hours less, for $ 16.00 more. Even with the extra drive time, there's more time for sleeping, studying, or spending with my family. >

    ken

    Julie
    Last edit by 4XNURSE on Feb 21, '02
  10. by   P_RN
    Just remember that the devil you know may be better than the devil you don't know.

    Take it from one who spent nearly 30 years commuting an hour each way, I think I'd rather do the local than make the commute. You might do well to go per diem at either place to keep your foot in the door.

    Are you sure the hospital is paying CNA $16/hr?
    That seems high, but then I'm not in Indiana.

    P
  11. by   GPatty
    First of all... Jenny, I am a student LPN with 5 months to go before graduation. That's why I am working as a CNA right now.

    AND...

    P_RN, it would be through a staffing agency. And the scheduler who called me today, said the pay was 13.50 for weekdays and 14.50 for weekends, which is the only time I would be able to work...

    Julie
  12. by   Agnus
    I'm takeing into consideration your remark about possibly not liking the people. Depending on how bad you dislike these folks, since you only have 5 months to go I'd take the higher pay for shorter hours. Usually we can stick out a bad work enviroment if we know it is for a very limited time like this.

    You're a student so you should consider that your time is very valuable.
    As far as getting a foot in the door, If you don't like them that shouldn't even be an issue.
  13. by   CATHYW
    as most of the others have suggested, i would definitely go with number 2. as someone who has never driven less than 30 min. to work, and now drive 1hr. 10 min., it's no biggie.

    and, based on your last entry, i would suggest that you immediately go by juliespn , than julielpn. you will find that most medical folks appreciate honesty and accuracy, and it's best not to over-represent your qualifications.

    good luck with your choice, and keep up with your studies!
  14. by   live4today
    Julie, SPN! Now, that has a true and lovely ring to it, don't you think?

    If I were in your shoes, I would choose the one that pays the most per hour with less hours spent making it.

    The object of the game in life is to work smart and not hard! Well...not too hard anyway!

    Also, Julie, things aren't always as they appear to the naked eye. If you do not like the people at "choice #2", then make the money there and give them the best of your professional CNA self, and let their own personality issues blow over you. Don't get "sucked into their issues and attitudes" and you'll do just fine there. Work is not for making friends but for working as professionally straight up as you can keeping a kind business demeanor about yourself the entire working shift. Sign in with a smile, ready to work your buns off, and sign out with a smile as you wave goodbye for another day well spent. Go home to your family with a smile, embrace them, and talk about fun times, not work, during your time away from the job.

    Since you state that your hubby and you need the money right now, make the money -- not others attitudes -- your top priority. Some people do suck "at life", sometimes life itself sucks, and sometimes you suck or will suck before you die, so there is NO ESCAPE from "sucking" on occasion. Get over that drama in life, and be the best "you" that you can be.

    Wishing you the best in your nursing studies, and look forward to when you can officially wear LPN behind your name. :kiss
    Last edit by live4today on Feb 21, '02

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