I am a full time RN at my current hospital. I love my job, but there are a few things that are causing me to look at other hospitals. The biggest problem I have with my current job is the high nurse to pt ratio, which is 8:1. (No matter what the pt acuity is, it is 8:1.) So, a friend told me about a position which was coming open in the same type of nursing in a different hospital. My friend is a nurse who started out in this same prn position and is now taking a FT position that just came open there. She says her hospital is much better with the nurse to pt ratio and it would be better pay. However, it is a prn position. She says she gets all the hours she wants and can work overtime if she would like to. According to everything she has told me it sounds like the perfect job for me. So, I put in for the job, got an interview with the manager last week and he liked me. Today, I had a peer interview and it also went really well. So, if he offers me the job, do I quit my FT job with benefits to go to a job that is prn with no benefits? I love this hospital. It is a teaching hospital with an excellent reputation. My current hospital is a for-profit hospital with a not-so-good reputation.
Have any of you taken this type of leap where you leave a FT position for a prn position? If so, how did it work out for you? What should be my deciding factor?