Havent posted on here before but would like a bit of advice. Ive been an a&e nurse registered for 2 years on a permanent contract. So near the bottom of my band although i have gone up a couple of increments. I do bank shifts every single week to make more money to try to pay off student debt / pay rent / afford to have a life outside of work. I also live at the other end of the country from my family meaning i rarely have the time off or the money to go home and visit them. Ive been thinking more and more about going on the nursing bank solely and quitting my permanent contract. I know id get shifts as we have agency nurses every day and night at our work so i could effectively do the same job just on bank and not permanent. Im just worried that obviously i wont get training through work / no job security etc but im not sure that is a big enough con to not do it.
(The trust pays bank at the middle of their band so more than i get now.
I wouldnt want to do agency at this time as i love the department i work in i feel i just need more flexibility)
I do have a level of guilt about leaving my permanent contract too as i know my team so well and know they struggle for staff. However i would still be working solely there.
Has anyone done this? Do they feel financially better off? Do they feel they have more quality time with friends and family? Or do they feel they work the same or more?
Thanks for any advice