What would you do?

  1. I have a tough decision to make. I am currently working 2, 16 hr shifts at my new job. Well, a great first shift position has just popped up and I love the unit manager. It would pay $2 less an hour. To make up for it, I plan to work an easy job, 12 hour shift every sat or sun. So, I would actually be working more hours and days to make up for the decrease in pay. The 16 hours are killing me though, at least on Sundays.

    What would you do?
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  3. by   skittlebear
    I would be working 6 short days a week (except for the easy 12) instead of 2, 16s and 1, 8 hr shift...
  4. by   evolvingrn
    6 days a week will burn you out fast as well
  5. by   Sun0408
    6 days is a lot.. There is only 7 days in a week
  6. by   dthfytr
    I honestly think you've already decided and just want to make sure there's not something you're missing. Do what makes you happiest, and don't feel like you're making a life long change here.
    I've had jobs I hated that paid well, and jobs I loved that paid less. The wear and tear on your body and spirit aren't worth the money when there's job available where you'd be happier. 6 days a week sounds like a lot, but without knowing a whole lot of personal information about you, I couldn't say yea or nay.
    Good luck whatever you decide, and a long happy career.
  7. by   Scarlette Wings
    I would prefer to enjoy the day shift, count myself lucky, and learn to live with the $2 cut. But that's just me. I have very few needs, and even fewer "wants" at my age now.
  8. by   regularRN
    Just make sure you get enough R&R - how short is a short day?
  9. by   Been there,done that
    Two dollars less an hour equals 64 dollars a week. Why do you feel the need to work an entire 12 hour day to make up 64 bucks?
    Enjoy your new , somewhat normal week, and quit beating yourself up for money. Life is too short and Uncle Sam gets most of your overtime anyway.
  10. by   caliotter3
    Been there puts it into perspective. $64 is not worth the fatigue. Do what seems best. You can make changes later if needed.
  11. by   noctanol
    why do u need to work 6 days a week???
  12. by   Colorado1
    That really isn't a significant $ difference. Go for it. You'll be happier and more rested. Priceless.
  13. by   skittlebear
    Thanks everyone for your replies. To answer some of your questions of why I would need to work 6 days a week....well, a lot of you would think I'm crazy. The new job I'm at pays me $3 less an hour and $5 less an hour if I went to days. The job I left was one of the best paying jobs around this area for LPNs. Of course, it was also very stressful and I couldn't stand my DON, so I left after a notice. I'm much happier now even though I don't get paid as much. : )
  14. by   lulu in ks
    To work x-tra hours for 65 dollars is crazy, what's more important to you money or inner peace and joy while working and enjoying the fruit of your labor. I would not give money so much importance,since it's only 65 dollars,unless you're counting every penny,then maybe you need to make some cuts in ur spending, a star-bucks coffee 1-2 times a week quickly adds up. Or maybe you can lunch from home.

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