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

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

  1. 0 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
  2. 31 Comments

  3. Visit  rudycoon profile page
    If you can handle the lower pay you should take the new job.
    DizzyLizzyNurse, JZ_RN, CoffeeRTC, and 1 other like this.
  4. Visit  NoahscoopsRN profile page
    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!
    JZ_RN and KaroSnowQueen like this.
  5. Visit  DutchRN09 profile page
    Absolutely yes, shorter commute, loan forgiveness, which will lower your bills. No holidays....
    JZ_RN, CoffeeRTC, and KaroSnowQueen like this.
  6. Visit  Merlyn profile page
    What in the name of St. Patrick are you waiting for? Grab it.
    nikkicb2004, DizzyLizzyNurse, JZ_RN, and 4 others like this.
  7. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
    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. Visit  RNewbie profile page
    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?
    brandy1017 likes this.
  9. Visit  BostonTerrierLoverRN profile page
    I love 7 on, 7 off! Wouldn't trade it for anything!
  10. Visit  Marisette profile page
    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. Visit  exnavygirl-RN profile page
    I recently did this and it has been worth it!
  12. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
    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!
    IowaKaren, TheCommuter, and Gold_SJ like this.
  13. Visit  gallatea profile page
    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.
    KelRN215 and VivaLasViejas like this.
  14. Visit  NurseLoveJoy88 profile page
    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.
    1964nurse likes this.