When I wasn’t working I couldn’t even get a job as a cashier...Target said no...heck, Walmart even passed. I ended up with a job making $8/hr as a preschool teacher...and I hated that more than I ever hated even my worst nursing job.
Substitute teaching was a little better; the pay was $70 a day and I didn’t have to deal with 10 toddlers at once under the pretense of “educating” them. But the kids try to get away with murder most days subbing, and the work wasn’t reliable. If I needed to work Monday, sometimes I had to wait until 6 am Monday to be called. But again, it was better than preschool/daycare.
I would have given my left arm to cashier somewhere. I even tried to get a minimum wage job at a fabric store, working any shift, and they chose a 16 year old over me. And I work part time as a seamstress out of my home!!!
I too never wanted to don a pair of scrubs
again at that point. I didn’t care where! I was done, burnt to a crisp.
Financially though, we could not swing it on my substitute teacher salary. Our savings were obliterated and we had to start visiting food banks, getting utility assistance, free meals at school for my kids. I didn’t want to go back...but I had to.
I ended up PRN in a geropsych unit and on the whole, I like it. There are absolutely personalities there that I can’t stand and drive me to pick shifts just because they aren’t working. (I still have my narc restriction and monthly employer reports, no nights, yada yada yada).
I can’t tell you to stay in Nursing. But I personally had an easier time finding a job as a restricted nurse than I did finding a job in the non-Healthcare sector. Yes, the mind reels. My shining moment was when McDonalds and Chik Fila rejected me the same day.
Best of luck on your difficult choice.