Right out of nursing school
I landed a job as an ER nurse in level 2 trauma center. However, my fiance works as a teacher/coach who loves his job in a town an hour away from where I work. I initially thought that I could tolerate the 1 hour commute for a job that I worked fairly hard for to gain experience but am quickly realizing how burnt out I am getting from driving 1 hour each way on top of 12-14 hour shifts. There are job openings in a critical access hospital in the town that we currently live in. My question then is do I give up a job that could earn me tons of experience but an hour commute or a job 5 minutes away with potentially less critical care experience?
Thank you all for your advice and insights! Definitely gave me more to think about. We considered somewhere in between, but there is one town that is very very small and no options to rent. We ultimately decided we needed to live in a town that one of us worked in and since he teaches and coaches, he would have to drive most weeks, 5-6 days/week so we decided to stay in the town he works in.
I do enjoy my job, but the hospital is very very short staffed (I'm sure the case everywhere) and most days I don't get off until about an hour and a half after I'm supposed to. We as a unit have very little support from our director/manager/CNO and 4 nurses that have been working there for 15+ years have recently quit because of how frustrating the conditions have been, all saying that this is the worst that it has been.
I think the main thing that is holding me back from applying to the hospital in the town that I currently live in is that I have only been with my current job for a little over 6 months. I'm nervous that working at a job for a short time and then leaving wouldn't look good to future employers.
Last edit by prw1217 on Jan 28