Forgive me if this gets a little wordy.
I am currently an Advanced Patient Care Tech in a city ED for over five years. While my job is busy, hectic and stressful I really love my job and the people I work with. I am respected and appreciated. I feel blessed to have good management and a state of the art facility. I do EKG's, start IV's, settle medics, insert foley's and basically assist with anything that goes on in the ED. I make 13.04/hour. Unfortunately we had to move and I now have a 1.5 hour commute to work. Also 5 of my co-workers recently either quit or went on disability leaving us pretty short.
I have been offered a position at a rural hospital that is only 30 minutes away. The position is a Technical Partner which is basically a nursing assistant. The catch is that I will make $1.80 less/hour and will loose the ability to do all advanced tasks. I have my choice of the ED or a med/surg floor. The managers both seem nice and accommodating, however I am leery of them because I have been lied to in interviews before. When I do the math accounting for differences in for gas, tolls, parking fees and extra commuting time the pay evens out to about the same.
I don't understand why this decision is so hard. I guess it's shallow, but I don't want to go back to being a nursing assistant. I feel like I am giving up all the ladder climbing I did to get where I am. I wouldn't even be considering this, but I have two young children and I feel like I spend all my time in the car instead of with them. Please tell me what you would do. Would you go back to being a nursing assistant under any circumstances?