Would you take a job with lower pay and lesser benefits if you thought it would help?

  1. So, right now, I'm frustrated. I recently took a full time job at the SNF I have been working at for 18 months. This means I left my other job as a tech, at an employer where I received excellent benefits. Now it's time for me to sign up for benefits at this other employer, since I am no longer eligible for those other benefits. And let me tell you...this whole process just really sucks. The benefits are more expensive, and do not include as many options. Signing up for benefits was a whole lot easier with the other employer. With this one, it's just one obstacle after another. This just makes me even more angry that I didn't get a nursing position with that other employer, and furious with myself for losing my first nursing position. If I had actually done a good job, I would still have my good benefits and wouldn't be in this mess. I would also have a higher wage. God, I just hate to think about how much I would be making if I had that job. Who knows...maybe by this point I would be moving on to the ICU like my other classmates and have a real career. Anyway, I have taken this current position in hopes that it will hopefully help me advance someday...but I am wondering if it is worth it. Right now, I know that I get to deal with crap, but will I ever get rewarded for doing so? Not sure. I'm especially unsure since I wasn't able to get any different positions after 50+ applications and three obviously unsuccessful interviews. Argh...hoping there is a rainbow after this storm...
    •  
  2. 115 Comments

  3. by   Sour Lemon
    Yes., I would.
  4. by   Fiona59
    A job is a job. It is what you choose to make of it.

    Just reading your post makes me think you hate your job and it probably shows to your coworkers.

    I've been where you are. No jobs when I was a new grad. I wound up in LTC, it was hell. But I went in for every shift and did the work to my best abilities. I got good references and moved on. I had no benefits and was just glad to get experience.

    My next employer knew that I'd paid my dues there and developed my skills and had no problem hiring me for the area I wanted to work in.
  5. by   purplegal
    And now I found out my benefits don't go into effect for 2 months
  6. by   purplegal
    I'm starting to think it would have been best to fail nursing school altogether. Obviously nursing is only going to be a good experience for everyone but me. No wonder I got hired at this place. Anyone who actually has a choice would in no way choose to work for an employer that pays less and withholds benefits for 2 months. I might as well be unemployed.
  7. by   purplegal
    If my first job had worked out, I'd be making $33 or $34/hr by now. But instead of being a cardiac nurse, I get to work in a SNF for $26/hr and no benefits for 2 months. Nice....

    And chances are I'll never be a cardiac nurse again. SO many things I'll never get to do. Yep, so while everyone I know has made their way up to ICU with good pay and benefits, I get all the crap.
  8. by   vanilla bean
    Seems like you might have a touch of 'I want what I want when I want it' syndrome. Or perhaps it's the old 'cup half full' complex.
  9. by   Castiela
    Quote from purplegal
    I'm starting to think it would have been best to fail nursing school altogether. Obviously nursing is only going to be a good experience for everyone but me. No wonder I got hired at this place. Anyone who actually has a choice would in no way choose to work for an employer that pays less and withholds benefits for 2 months. I might as well be unemployed.
    I am sorry you aren't happy where you are, but I feel that you just need to breathe and push through this. Get the experience, the good references and then leave. You had a more acute position, you were not prepared or strong enough and you were let go. I'm sorry, it sucks. But you aren't in that job, you aren't making $34 but you are in a nursing job gaining experience which is a step in the right direction towards your dream job of ICU. Also, weren't you making less as a tech?

    If you quit now, you're right. You'll never have that cardiac job again or that ICU job.

    Given your background, why would you think ICU would be a good fit now with minimal experience? It's heavy and busy. You need to have good critical thinking.

    As an FYI, i am in ICU and just started a new job. My benefits won't kick in until 3 months after I start. It's just part of being in probation
    Last edit by Castiela on Nov 9
  10. by   Davey Do
    Quote from Sour Lemon
    Yes., I would.
    No., I wouldn't.
  11. by   beekee
    You can keep coming up with reasons why you hate everything related to your current job, but the past is the past. Its not going to change. You can control your future, however. Focus on what you can control.
  12. by   jennylee321
    I've never had a job, nor have I heard of jobs where benefits immediately kick in. Most jobs nursing and not have a probation period before benefits. I waited 3 months if that makes you feel better.
  13. by   jennylee321
    I've read all your other threads previously, so I know your whole story (atleast what you've shared with all nurses).

    The way you are thinking just isn't healthy, stop living in the past and focus on where you are at right now. You are working at a SNF, so focus on being the best damn SNF nurse you can be and get a few years of experience (at least 2 years please). That hospital that you applied to a million times, just erase it from your mind because I think it is unlikely you will ever get hired there due to your history with the facilty and over 50 unsuccessful applications. Maybe after a few years in the SNF you apply for a med surg or tele position at a different hospital. With your history this seems like a more reasonable career goal/pathway then just getting dropped into a step down unit again and having the same problems.

    I know you have probably received similar advice on your other multiple threads but please consider what I've said.

    Tough love approach here, stop putting so much energy into feeling sorry for yourself and jealous of your classmates. It's not benefiting you and your energy could be put to better use. Not everyone is meant to be an ICU nurse, it's not the end of the world. I had a friend who got compartment syndrome from a simple break and ended up losing their arm. I remember him saying shortly after that he didn't believe in pity parties because self-pity was a waste of energy. His words have always stuck with me when I start feeling sorry for myself.
    Last edit by jennylee321 on Nov 10 : Reason: Grammar
  14. by   purplegal
    Quote from jennylee321
    I've never had a job, nor have I heard of jobs where benefits immediately kick in. Most jobs nursing and not have a probation period before benefits. I waited 3 months if that makes you feel better.
    Is that right? Thanks for sharing. I was starting to get angry because I thought I was getting screwed over again. Good to know it happens other places.

close