I may be getting ahead of myself, but I'm obsessing about this and hope articulating it will help -- any feedback appreciated!
I've been a nurse for just over 2 yrs, all of that on an inpatient hem/onc unit. Currently I work 2 12-hr nights back-to-back per week. Having those 4 days off (I don't count .5 of the day before and the day after my two nights on because I'm sleeping), is pretty sweet. My job itself is very stressful most of the time, in large part due to what I will diplomatically call "unsupportive" management, understaffing, high turnover, etc. I also feel more and more that acute care nursing is not my gig -- I really want to encounter pts earlier in their cancer journey. Also, I love oncology and about 20-30% of our pts at any given time are actually general med-surg overflow (including a significant number of ETOH or acetaminophen overdoses -- really? on an *oncology* unit?) -- again, not my gig, generally speaking. I *also* think that shift work is inherently unhealthy, at least for long periods.
So, I've started applying for other jobs. I got a call today for an interview for a oncology clinical trials nursing job, and was kinda giddy about it for a few hours -- I've always wanted to work in clinical research, I've participated in many trials as a patient, and it just seems like it would fit with my personality and interests. Here's the thing: it's M-F 8:30-5. Like a *normal* job. The commute would be an hour+/- depending on if I drove or took the bus -- about the same as my current job (except I don't have the option of the bus currently).
Should I sacrifice my sweet schedule/painful job for a sweet job/painful schedule? I'm 40, have a partner and a 7 yr-old that I really like to spend time with. My partner works from home and could pick up the childcare/household slack, but it would be a drag.
I know no one can tell me what to do, and of course I may not even be offered this job -- but others I've applied for are also FT days. Anybody made a switch like this? How was it? Any advice or thoughts?
Thanks so much!