But I am having a lot of doubts. Some history: I am currently an LPN on a med-surg unit (small town, still happens) and I have been employed there a year in December. I am in an RN program full time and will be graduating in May. I also have two toddlers. So, of course, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. I feel like my kids need me, the money I'm making is not worth the work I'm doing, I've had an amount of unpleasant experiences with violent patients lately...
The problem is: I like my job. I am proud of my work. But it is so exhausting and painful, and I want so badly to be with my kids. So I have firmly decided that I am putting in my notice tomorrow, but I am hoping my boss will let me/be able to let work PRN once or twice a month and see where I'm at after I graduate.
I guess I'm just wondering if anyone has been here. Any regrets? I am financially able to make it on my husbands income as long as we are frugal...so literally the only thing making me want to stay is me. Am I certifiably insane? Because I certainly feel that way.
Just tell me anything, I am anxious and I feel like no decision is the best one.
(Just an FYI, I am absolutely finishing my degree regardless. Just maybe taking some time away from the workforce.)
Do what makes you happy. I'm not sure but if I were in your shoes I would speak candidly with my manager prior to submitting my resignation regarding going per diem.
But at my hospital submitting resignation means you're leaving. End of employment. If I were to try to go pool I would simply apply for that position or be placed in it. I would not formally need to resign from my full-time position. But that could just be local to my institution?
Also, after obtaining your RN (congratulations) I would not suggest taking time off. I believe you will effectively be considered a "new grad RN" and a delay in practice may not look good when you attempt to go back into the workforce.
Hopefully some with experience in the LPN to RN pathway will comment, but from my understanding no matter if you've been an LPN for 30 years; you now will be a new GN.