So I'll try to keep this as summarized as I can:
- I just got married and needed to move an hour away from the hospital I've worked with since I graduated (for 2 years) but with 12 hour shifts and all the tolls/gas I am paying, it is not feasible to keep this job in the long term. I also have been doing nights for a few years now, and it's beginning to significantly impact me physically and mentally, so I am very much hoping to get a 1st or 2nd shift job.
- I live in the new england area and (I kid you not) applied to over 100 jobs in the last 6 months. The only call back I have gotten is with a LTC facility that I applied for a rehab position with. I have worked in LTC before as a CNA and it was a very negative experience. This place is owned by one of those large companies and has 1 RN per 20-something residents on the evening shift with 2 CNA's. I've never worked as a RN in LTC and I don't have enough experience to know if this is adequate staffing. According to the Medicare site, it is ranked very poorly for safety, but I don't know how necessarily significant that is (I've been surprised at what is ranked high on there, for instance.) On all appearances, it LOOKS very clean/posh, but the fact that they offered me the job on the spot in the interview has me very concerned.
I really want my sanity back with the evening instead of night shift and with having a job that I don't need to drive an hour for but I am very nervous of taking a LTC position. I don't mind LTC in principle at all, I actually enjoy the rapport of having the same residents/rehab patients and have missed that in the hospital setting, but my negative experience in the past / general bad rep of LTC really spooks me of making a bad decision. Just looking for insight from other LTC RN's - Thanks in advance
Edit: of note, I have not accepted this position yet... I told them I would consider it and call them to let them know. Hence why I am seriously debating the whole "I really want the hours/pay/commute, but I'm not sure about the job!"
If they are who I think they are, the decreased commute may well not make up for the grief you will be getting for working for them. Would it be possible to add one or two days per diem with them while keeping your 12s/long commute job, just for a little while, to learn more about them? This could also lead to your being more desirable to one of the better LTACs/short-term rehab hospitals in the NE area.
Last edit by Joe V on Feb 28, '13
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