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DesertSky, BSN, RN 1,913 Views

Joined Feb 21, '12. DesertSky is a Critical Care RN. Posts: 47 (38% Liked) Likes: 23

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    I recently started a new job where the probationary period is 6 months. If an employee resigns before the 6 month mark, they are labeled ineligible for rehire by the hospital. I am not a new nurse and the current position is just not a good fit.

    I have a consistent job record and worked at my last nursing job for over 2 years. If I resign my current position and I am labeled ineligible for rehire, will this hurt my career prospects? I would assume being labeled ineligible for rehire would make some employers view the applicant in a negative light, no? Or would an explanation stating I am ineligible for rehire because I resigned during the 6 month probation period of a job that was not a good fit be enough of an explanation?

    Thanks in advance!

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    GM2RN likes this.

    Quote from Been there,done that
    Each employer would have demands on your time for weekends, holidays, mandatory meetings, etc.
    You would be viewed as a part-time employee in both facilities. They treat part -timers with MUCH less respect than full timers.
    Experience in SICU more than qualifies you for PACU. Take it easy on yourself . 36 hours /week is enough for anyone to handle.

    Best wishes. Let us know how it's going.
    Thanks for the perspective! You're totally right about each employer giving you less respect as a PT employee yet still expecting all of the mandatory meetings, training, etc.

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    Quote from Sour Lemon
    It sounds like a hassle, to me, although there are people who make it work. I do per diem in one hospital and float between a few different units. I wonder if that's something that might work for you? ...especially if you have experience in one (or both) of the areas you're interested in.
    Thanks for the idea. I currently work full-time in Surgical ICU, so perhaps I can look into picking some shifts in PACU at my current employer. I'm just not sure how they would feel if I went into overtime each week if I picked up extra in PACU, but it doesn't hurt to ask

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    Quote from llg
    Are they for the same hospital or different hospitals? That could be a big factor because if it is the same employer, they would have to pay you overtime every week. If they are in the same hospital ... has the administration agreed to do that?

    What about holiday commitments? Most jobs of that nature (even part time ones) require some sort of holiday commitment -- maybe a weekend commitment -- work during a disaster commitment -- etc. Are the 2 employers willing to work together to coordinate their expectations so that you don't find yourself committed to working at both places over the same holiday or weekend?

    What about day/night shift commitments? Again, are the 2 employers willing to work together to coordinate your schedule so that you don't have to work night shifts and days shifts too close together?

    I have seen the 2 job thing work when one job is considered the "primary job" and the other is just an occasional shift schedule AFTER the primary job schedule is known. But I have not seen the particular type of arrangement you are envisioning work for very long due to the types of problems I've mentioned above. Each employer get irritated by the demands of your other job and eventually, something doesn't work well when each job expects the same high level of commitment from you.

    Finally, there is a lot more to "benefits" than health insurance. Don't forget to consider all the benefits (e.g. retirement, paid vacation days, paid sick days, seniority, educational benefits, etc.) as you consider the effect it will have on you long term.

    Thank you for the perspective. You're right, there are other benefits than just health insurance to consider.

    The jobs would be at different employers which would complicate matters...

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    NightOwl0624 likes this.

    I am considering accepting two part-time positions versus maintaining one full-time job. The reason I am considering two part-time positions is because each position is in a different area and I would like the chance to work in two different specialties (Surgical ICU & PACU). Each position requires 2 12 hour shifts per week which would mean a total of 48 hours per week. I am on my husbands health insurance so I am not concerned about not qualifying for benefits being full-time.

    Can anyone share their experience and advice in the matter? I would appreciate any suggestions or thoughts! Thank you.

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    Just shy of 2 years...

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    You do have to make healthy choices and make a conscious effort to make your health a priority. I have been on nights for about 2 years and have never adjusted. Thankfully I am going to days in a few weeks, but here are some tips I have learned:

    1) Meal prep your food for the nights you work. I almost always work 3 nights in a row, so the night before I prepare all my food for the work week. This way I don't have to think about what to eat, I can sleep in longer, and I save money! I bring things like almonds, greek yogurt, apples, chicken and vegetables, soups, etc...

    2) Make exercise a priority. I always work out on my days off and try to do at least 30 minutes of exercise on nights I work. I do a workout video at home or go for a walk.

    3) Don't fall victim to sweets/treats at work. At my job, someone is almost always bringing in cakes, sweets, or family members bring food to thank us for taking care of family members. If you indulge overtime there are treats at work, you will gain weight in no time! Instead follow the 80/20 rule - eat healthy 80% of the time and cut yourself some slack the other 20% and allow for indulgences in moderation.

    Some people naturally adjust to nights better than others. Unfortunately despite my healthy eating and exercise routine, I never felt good on nights. I gained about 8 pounds (from 5'8 and 122 pounds to about 130 pounds) while on nightshift, but I was also diagnosed with hypothyroidism at that time so it's hard to determine if nights was the only cause. I am on thyroid medication now and am back down to 125 pounds.

    Sometimes I find it's easy to overeat if you are stressed or anxious, but I remind myself how crappy I feel after an overindulgence! My energy levels are much better when I am eating healthy. Good luck

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    tnbutterfly likes this.

    As someone who started as a new grad with a BSN in Kansas, it is true the pay is very low. After securing a job in another state before learning my husband's job was relocating him to Kansas, it was like a punch in the stomach when I compared new grad pay in Kansas to my other job offer.

    The one thing I will mention is that due to the low pay, cold winters, and general lack of people flocking to move to Kansas, there are plenty of opportunities for new grads especially in speciality areas. It may be harder to land a job as a new grad in larger cities such as Kansas City or Wichita, but if you are willing to move to more rural areas of Kansas there are an abundance of opportunities. If you work for 2 years and take advantage of your employer paying for all of your certifications (TNCC, ACLS, PALS, etc...) you will be very marketable and will have an abundance of job offers wherever you would like to move...

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    Quote from calivianya
    Very important question here. Not all states have income tax, but I'm not familiar enough off the top of my head to know if any of the bottom states are free of income tax. If those are before tax numbers, those could be very skewed if a nurse is trying to figure out in what states the actual compensation is the worst.
    Kansas is one of the lowest paying across numerous lists and has a relatively high rate of state income tax.

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    I can tell you the low pay represented for Kansas is before taxes. Shockingly enough, Kansas also has some of the highest tax rates in the country.

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    Quote from soyoureanurse
    Hello! I am planning to go back to school to get my nurse practitioner. However, I am having a hard time deciding which track to choose. Some background--I've been an RN for a short period of time (8 months) and do not currently work in critical care. I work in Med Surg. However, when we have a rapid response I am one of the first people in that room and I'm right at the head of the bed with respiratory where all the action's happening getting O2 set up, bagging, giving boluses, etc. I love it. I love the adrenaline rush. That's the kind of stuff I want to do. Recently I accepted a position on a step-down ICU floor and I'm like a little kid on Christmas morning--I'm so pumped. These patients will be higher acuity and so I'm hoping that will help me determine if I truly want to do acute care NP. Now, my question(s)--I've read on other forums people suggest going for FNP as it has more options on where to work, is that true? What places could I work as an FNP? I, personally, am not interested in working in a doctor's office or clinic. Now as an acute care NP I could join the hospitalist team, but do I need to have the acute care NP track for that? I read some people were recommending the FNP program so that when you decide to slow down you don't have to stay in the hospital. Can FNP's join the hospitalist team? Can acute care NP's work in other areas? Thank you for your advice, sorry, that's a lot of questions!
    Sounds like your interest is geared more towards ACNP. Just a heads up - most programs I have seen require at least one year of ICU experience for acceptance to the ACNP track.

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    Farawyn likes this.

    OlivetheRN and kidsmom002:

    Thanks for the replies. It sounds like my best bet is clarifying my employer's policy on the matter and going from there. Thanks for the heads up

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    Quote from springchick1
    We've had people do it. At my hospital, you clock in under a different department department code for each job so it isn't overtime.
    Really? Oh that would be great. Perhaps I could ask HR and see if that would be possible.

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    Quote from klone
    Probably not, because it would mean you'd go into overtime for one or the other.
    Ah yes, I didn't even think about that. So it sounds like if I want a PRN position with guaranteed shifts, I need to look at another hospital?

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    RunnerKate likes this.

    I have a question. I work FT in the ICU, however there is a PRN PACU position that opened up at my current employer. The PRN job requires 4 shifts per month and pays double what my hourly rate is in the ICU since it is PRN. I am interested in picking up the PRN position in addition to my FT ICU job. Do you think my hospital would be ok with me working both?

    Please let me know if you have had a similar situation arise and how it worked out.

    Thanks in advance!