I have been working the floor of an acute neuro rehab unit since Feb. -first job since graduating! I already know this job isn't perfect for me---very physically demanding, very depressing situations, etc. But it's a good job: good pay, good benefits, paying off my student loans, etc. Ultimately, I'd like to get into a research nursing position---one that offers more autonomy, is less physically demanding, and one that will hopefully have a schedule that fits in better with my family life (hubby, 2 school age kids).
Well. My son recently participated in an asthma study and while at the final office visit, I was offered a job as a research RN! Just like that. Of course, I have to apply, have the background check, etc., but the manager has called me back three times to encourage me and to basically sell the position. It's a 7-3 or 8-4 gig, no weekends or holidays, 2-week time off around holidays, decent benefits...but the pay is pretty lousy! I would be taking about a 8K hit, with the salary decrease combined with the loss of loan payment, combined with downtown parking fees.
My husband of course wants me to take it bc he feels the family will benefit from my being home evenings, weekends, holidays and of course he's right. But c'mon, how hard is it to have me gone until 7pm three days/week?!? Plus I currently get to stay home 4 days/wk and take care of family chores, go on school field trips, etc. I am really conflicted about what's "best" right now. Any advice?
ps--one benefit is free tuition at the private university affiliated with the program---undergrad for hubby and kids, graduate for me!