So, I'm a new nurse with only six months medical-surgical experience (organ transplant) who stupidly self-reported to her state board and is in a monitoring program.
Assistance program, my butt!
I've been forced to look for a new job as my old one won't accomodate my narcotic restriction. I have a restriction on my license so that I may not pass narcotics, which has made the job hunt difficult. I have found two options and have gotten past the first interview with both companies:
Work for a drug research company as a lab assistant, with the goal of eventually working my way up and making more money. I know from friends who work there and from the interviewer that this company prefers to advance employees from within, and that nearly 80% of their long term employees have started out as lab assistants. I have some pharmacy school under my belt inaddition to my BSN, so this option appeals to my long range career goals. I would probably want to work here for a very long time. But the pay sucks for now.
Work for a nursing home. Pay is great, working conditions suck. Long-term prospects are not so good, but it would satisfy the requirements for my monitoring program (but so would the other job) so my restriction can be taken off. I would want to leave this job and go back to bedside nursing in the longer term, but I know I will get burned out on that in a few years anyway.
Decisions, decisions... money or career? What have been your experiences in getting a good hospital nursing job after having had worked in a nursing home? What is working in a nursing home like? Anyone in research that can tell me more about that industry? I hear nursing homes are hell on earth. Thanks to everyone for your input!
Apr 29, '11
I worked LTC for 8 years and I agree it was brutal at times. I do not personally want to ever go back, but the way things are I may have to. I have had tender touching moments with many patients and thier family members.
My biggest concern for you in LTC is that other nurses may resent that they have to pass your narcs...even if you are doing something for them in return.
You have to decide if you can afford the pay cut by taking the job at the lab.
There have been many times in my life, and here shortly..that I had to or might have to work where I did not want for the sake of providing. Good luck with your choice whichever you pick.
Last edit by nurse.sandi on Apr 29, '11
: Reason: reworded