I have been an RN for just 4 months now working FT Days on a small med-surg floor (25 beds). I am successfully managing 4 patients during my shift. My manager has stated that if census increases that she is comfortably assigning me to 5 patients. I have had NO delusions thinking that I have mastered the art nursing and I recognize that I still have so much to learn. However, I have started thinking about applying for a per diem med-surg position at another small local hospital. This 2nd
hospital is where I did my student nurse preceptorship so I am familiar with the staff, layout, policies, and computer system. My reason for considering this position is that my student loans are beginning to come back in to repayment and I would like to dedicate this additional check to paying them off. When I hit the 6 month mark as a working RN would it be too soon to do apply for this position? Am I setting myself up for failure and burnout? Thanks for any and all advice!