RNperdiem 24,383 Views
Joined Dec 5, '06 - from 'Apex, NC, US'.
He has '14' year(s) of experience.
Posts: 3,912 (54% Liked)
I have thought about the future myself recently once I realized I have only a few years until my youngest goes off to college.
Trouble is, I like my unit. I like the freedom to be per diem and pick my own hours, not have to work full time. If I changed hospitals or specialties, I might be pressured to get my BSN, would have to get used to full-time hours, and deal with a lot of new stress.
Maybe once the kids have left home and I have no more childcare or activities to schedule around, I might take the plunge and find it worthwhile. Who knows?
Three months time in one department is not much experience to rule out hospital work altogether. Can you give it more time?
Think of your first year working as your last year of school.
If your area does not have an abundance of nursing jobs, as you mention, you really cannot afford to burn any bridges with the hospital if they are the biggest employers of nurses in your area.
I can tell you what is not a good place for a new grad to start. A place with high turnover of both nurses and managers, a place where there are more new than experienced people, a place that has a morale problem, low standards of nursing care and professionalism, a department that staffs heavily on floats from other floors, agency or travel staff, a place where orientation is haphazard where you get handed around to multiple overworked preceptors, anywhere to CNAs get away with doing little to no work, absentee or heavy-handed management etc.
Nowhere is perfect, and the places I described above are always hiring.
Can you work a per diem job in an area you can transition back to once your year is up? I have worked with nurses who work research and keep a per diem job to maintain skills and have a backup.
What do you see yourself doing? How much will this cost you?
My unit takes maybe 2 new grads a year. The other new hires are experienced ICU, or new to ICU but experienced nurses. With enough support it can be done. The new hires have been great to work with. My manager has a strong ability to pick out and hire quality nurses, and she hires new grads she feels will succeed.
Talk to some self-employed people too. My parents were self-employed and work was way more than a 40 hour week sometimes. If you accept that you might work harder and longer than you did in nursing, and not see any profit for a long time, then consider your own business.
If this will be your first full time job as an adult, you can prepare for the logistics.
What will you eat? Pack lunch, slow-cooker dinner? Eat out? Plan simple but energizing and nutritious breakfasts?
How will you get to work? If you drive, now would be a good time to get new windshield wipers, get your car washed and cleaned, and serviced if needed. Plan your route to work and then plan a backup route or two. Figure out how long it takes to get to work and plan your timing for getting to work. I work on a college campus where the walk from distant lots is figured into the timing of getting to work on time.
Do you have good shoes for work? Do you need to break them in?
Are you physically fit? If foregoing some netflix for a daily walk can be done, your body will thank you. Nursing can be a physical job and a good level of overall fitness is a bonus.
If you are going to move for the new job, do you need to start packing/ figure out what you don't have/learn your way around a new city? Make some plans to stay in touch with your old friends, look around and see what social opportunities there are in your town.
A lot depends on the job market.
If it is an employers market, people are thankful just to have a job and employers can be in a position to take advantage of this.
Yes I did have a social life because I made time for it. I also worked part-time, paid for all of my education with the job. I had a boyfriend, went out dancing etc. To make it work I planned ahead. Some people are naturally planners and I think that is an advantage if you want to fit in a social life.
Budgeting time is a lot like budgeting money. Some people manage better than others, but the skills can be learned.
I have had my child in community hospital that can make a few beds available for sick children, and I have been to large medical centers with pediatric emergency rooms, PICU and pediatric floors.
I much prefer the big medical centers. If my child were to go bad medically on a pediatric floor, I would want a peds ICU available in the same hospital. Places that specialize also have better facilities for parents. The volunteer-run parent lounge where I could fix a cup of tea, take a shower or take a break was a sanity-saver.
Some places don't admit kids at all. When there is an emergency, the child is stabilized and sent over to the nearest hospital that admits peds patients.
Nobody is taking away my brain sheets. When the hospital went to electronic charting, we did save a lot of paper, but we need our own daily organizational sheets. Unless someone is policing the halls, I doubt this will be an issue.
My husband is an engineer who collects fountain pens and inks. There are good quick drying inks to use. Glad you found something that worked.
At work, be aware of how much personal information about yourself you are giving away.
You don't have to be friends with coworkers on social media, you don't have to share your political views, you don't have to give out details of your personal life. Once that information is out there, it cannot be taken back and can be used against you in gossip.
So, leave a bit of mystery about yourself at work.
Beware of discussions that turn into political rants. Some people can't help themselves. At my father's funeral last week, my uncle gave the eulogy and got off track and subjected us in the church to a long political rant. It was uncomfortable for everyone.
Would working opposite shifts on weekends from your husband help your childcare is an issue? If he works weekend days, you work weekend nights?
Does he work absolutely every weekend? If not, and you have self-scheduling, pick up weekends where he is off work.
As a new grad, you do not have much bargaining power. And asking for weekends off is a big thing to ask for.
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