Dear Nurse Beth,
I currently work on a medical-surgical floor. I'm ready to move on to something more acute.
I just interviewed at a top-ranked Hospital for a cardiovascular Intermediate Care Unit. The job sounds fascinating, challenging, and a great career move. But it's night shift, every other weekend, and every other holiday. As someone that is thinking of having kids, this schedule sounds miserable.
I have also interviewed for cardiac med-surg unit on another top-ranked Hospital. But the job is not at their main location. It is day shift and every third weekend, which is what I'm looking for. But the work doesn't seem as exciting or as great of a career move.
Advice? If offered both positions, do I suffer through a bad schedule to get some great experience? Or do I go for the okay job with the good schedule and feel like a normal person for once?
Dear Exciting versus Great Schedule,
They are really both very good options.
But this is a values-based question, and so I can only answer from my values, which may differ from yours.
For me? No question- I would suffer through schedule-wise and go for the intermediate care unit. Nothing is permanent- you can do anything for a year, right?
And when the time comes, having a newborn is entirely different than
having school age children in terms of days, nights and weekends.
Newborns don't know weekends from winter
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