I am an RN with around 6 mo exp, and I have a 18 mo daughter that I miss incredibly since I took a 7-3pm, 5 days a week day shift. Its great having holidays, evenings, nights and weekends off but I really miss my daughter. I want to do 4 days instead of 5 but the hospital wont let me. She is growing up without me. Should I work per diem somewhere else, or is that financially unstable? I do have good benefits now, but this current job is not my dream job due to the environment. There is a per diem opening at my dream job, just scared about being broke due to the bad economy and lack of hours. I dont know what to do!
I want to see my daughter, have freedom, flexibility, more time off. So the per diem 12 hr shifts seems ok since I can do some nights some days, even though nights are tough.
Help me! Do I try for the per diem and risk being broke and tired all the time, working weekends and holidays just for freedom and flexibility. Or stay where I am for the stability and benefits? sheesh this is hard! Thank you!
Are you married or a single mom? The reason why I ask is because of the benefits...usually PRN positions offer a little higher pay in lieu of benefits. Usually the only benefit they offer is a retirement plan.
Some other things to consider: PRN positions are the first to get called off if your census is low or if you are in overtime but at the same time the flexibility in your schedule is really nice.
Does your place of employment do 12-hour shifts? That might be more feasible to work two or three 12-hour shifts/week vs. five 8-hour shifts.
I'm all for family first, but those are just some other factors to consider. Good luck with your decision.
Last edit by turnforthenurse on Sep 21, '12