I have been working at an assisted living facility for over 5 year. I worked here as a CNA going through nursing school
and now as a LPN. I love my job here. My dilemma here is that although I love my job I am not using my skills as a nurse I am still doing the same thing I did as a CNA. Yea as a CNA here I did med passes, we are a private facility...no state etc. It is a very small place. There are only 5 nurses total. One LPN the charge nurse and the rest are CNA's. I was having a hard time finding a job after nursing school so my boss took me on as a LPN with LPN pay (minimum of course) and Ive been here over a year as that. I was told I would be full time but that is not always the case. Im lucky if I get 32 hours a week. I have loads of loans and bills to pay. I guess the question I am asking here is I really love my job here and all my coworkers. My boss is great and any vacation or time off I need I get. On the other hand I am absolutely using none of my nursing skills. I am currently trying to get back into school, going to see how that pans out first. My question here is should I rough it out at the job I love with not so great pay thats a bit under 40 hours a week or go find a stressful job at a LTC unit with a consistent schedule where I can utilize my skills more, with better pay? Im so freaking confused!