I am a LPN with 16 years experience, 14 of those years being as a MDS Nurse. While I enjoyed the Mon-Fri. 8am-4:30pm, weekends and holidays off schedule, I found myself getting terribly burned out and exhausted, and just plain sick of the office politics, the cliques, the backstabbing and drama. When MDS 3.0 came about, federal regulations changed significantly and I was stressed and in tears daily, dreading going to work every single day. Now the thing about me is that I have always enjoyed working in LTC. Have done nothing but LTC my entire career. I love being out where the action is and love working with the elderly. LTC work is not for everybody and most definitely has it's challenges, but it's what I like to do.
With that said, I was just hired for a 3-11 position in a very nice LTC facility and am looking forward to it. I will actually be making more money than I made as a Department Head and will have better benefits. My boys are men now and out of the house so I can be very flexible. I look forward to being on the floor and interacting with elders and staff and being away from those four walls day in and day out. Will I miss every weekend off and all holidays off? Sure! But most LTC facilities here in MS only recognize 5 or 6 holidays per year anyway so it's no big deal, plus they rotate holidays so I won't work every single holiday. I look forward to having days off during the week so I can actually get things done that are impossible to do working in an office without having to take off early or miss an entire day of work.
For me, at this point in my life, office work is no longer appealing whatsoever. I'm not saying I will never go back to an office job, but right now I am doing exactly what I have wanted to do for some time now, and that is to get out of the office and back on the floor.
OP, good luck to you in whatever decision you make and in your future endeavors!