I am an LPN at a SNF I've been working at the same place since I graduated nursing school
and passed my nclex, (2 years almost). Lately I've been stressed out more than normal. I used to love going to work but anymore it's just something I have to do now. I work the 3-11 shift and I absolutely hate it. I hate not seeing my family and friends. I recently got offered a position at a drs office. M-F 8-5 job. No weekends or holidays and that daylight position that I want so badly. But the pay is almost 3 dollars less than I make now... but the hours is what I've been looking for... does anyone have any advice for me? Any feed back would help... I'm so torn between the amazing schedule that I've been wanting for so long. But I would be loosing so much money... any nurses that have been in this position before? Or nurses who currently work in a drs office who can offer some advice? Thanks!!
Sep 13, '17
My thoughts given what I know about the nursing field:
1. Can you survive with $24/day less than you are making now? That amount doesn't seem like much, but in a two-week pay period, it's $240 missing from the paycheck.
2. How much do you value your free time versus your career? (See #3 below). Family, I can understand; but I'd never lighten the load in my pockets for friends.
3. Leaving SNF (hands-on nursing care) for a doctor's office (limited-to-NO patient care) may prove costly in the future when trying to find other positions once (if) you become dissatisfied with the office work, and/or in need of additional dollars. Are you willing to risk that?
4. Is there a potential for advancement at the doctor's office? Probably not (you've already indicated a pay cut). But who knows?
5. There are more options available for LPNs/LVNs who maintain hands-on patient care skills than for those who have 'lost' those abilities after being in the confines of office work...unless later returning to the classroom (refresher course, higher education, etc.).
I did the doctors-office thing for 10 months once, during my LPN years. It was the worst experience of my career. The office was poorly managed, the doctor could care less about the patients (he would have us schedule patients from 9am-4:30pm; but he would not even attempt to see any of them until 4pm, at which time, he'd run them through the quickest assessments known to man and have them out of the building by 5pm).
To top that off, the humiliation for me was in having to cash my check at a liquor store (I've never even taking a drink in my life!) because no bank would touch a check with his signature on it, not even the bank where he had an account. This was because his office manager, who was also his wife, would zero-out the account every single payday before proceeding to sign our checks. (This was pre-direct-deposit days). Not all offices are as I have described, I know.
Do your research and goals-evaluation. There are some key factors in the above list that are worth a second thought, especially where the future of your nursing career is concerned. At the bare minimum, I would keep a foot in the door at the SNF in a PRN role, if possible. At least that will give you occasional access to hands-on patient care.
Talking with other nurses, or even reading further on this forum, you'll see that a little constant experience is better than none at all. There are many nurses who have left the bedside, to find out later that employers will not hire/rehire them because of the lapsed time from actual patient care. It is a myth that simply having a valid nursing license will always guarantee you a job.
Ultimately, this is all your decision. Good luck!
Last edit by BSNbeDONE on Sep 13, '17
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