Would you leave current job for a Mon-Fri less stressful opportunity?

  1. I've been working at an LTC trying to suck it up and get through it, but I can't tell you how miserable I am there. We have four different units at our facility and they just so happened to keep me in the Alz/Dementia unit, since they thought i'd be good there with my past psych experience. I'm really regreting leaving my last job (psych) for this one... I just took it for the higher pay for my family. But now I have a job offer to work for in a residential care dealing with fosters kids w/ behavioral issues. It's Mon-Fri, no holidays, 10-6, guaranteed lunch, and good benefits, 5 min away from my house. They said they have low turn over rates and i'm replacing a nurse that has been there for 13 years. Also, since it's a non-profit organization i'll probably have an opportunity to have my school loans payed off! The only problem is that i'm taking a 4 dollar pay cut. Would you take it? Please give me your opinions!
    Last edit by ooMissNurseoo on Mar 24, '12
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  2. 31 Comments

  3. by   rudycoon
    If you can handle the lower pay you should take the new job.
  4. by   NoahscoopsRN
    I'm in the same boat as you with your job (sortve miserable), I say, if you're able to withstand the pay cut go for it. Do what makes you happy!
  5. by   DutchRN09
    Absolutely yes, shorter commute, loan forgiveness, which will lower your bills. No holidays....
  6. by   Merlyn
    What in the name of St. Patrick are you waiting for? Grab it.
  7. by   TheCommuter
    The wage might be lower, but they're paying you in other ways:

    1. Student loan repayment
    2. Better benefits
    3. Guaranteed schedule
    4. No chance of your shift being cancelled
    5. Lower stress levels lead to better health

    I would take this job in a heartbeat!
  8. by   RNewbie
    I would take a pay cut for a less stressful job. If you can afford to, I'd say go with it. Just curious , but what exactly would you be doing in residential care?
  9. by   BostonTerrierLoverRN
    I love 7 on, 7 off! Wouldn't trade it for anything!
  10. by   Marisette
    I would take it. I had the opportunity to do so once, and took a pass because of the $$$.
    I regret my decision and if given the opportunity again, I would take it.
  11. by   exnavygirl-RN
    I recently did this and it has been worth it!
  12. by   VivaLasViejas
    Yep, I'd do it. I've learned to my great sorrow that money isn't the be-all and end-all of a job......in fact, it's not even in the same ballpark with my sanity or my ability to make a positive impact on peoples' lives. Not to mention decent working conditions and a supervisor who lets me do my job.

    Most of the regrets we have later in life are directly related to the chances we did NOT take. Don't let this opportunity pass you by. Go for it!
  13. by   gallatea
    For the love of God, take it. Your family will reap the rewards of a happier Mom/wife that no $4/hr. can ever make up for. From what you just wrote, I think you also answered your own question.
  14. by   NurseLoveJoy88
    Take it. I'm in LTC and miserable. I'm not quitting but I am reducing my hours by going from full time to PRN. I don't have another full time job lined up right now so I'm relying on faith that I will get something else. In the mean time I do school nursing PRN as well. I'm giving up very good pay, however my piece of mind and happiness means way more to me. Do what is best for you and your family.

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