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by Coffeenurse1 Coffeenurse1 (New) New Student

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Hello everyone. I am in need of some advise. Long story short I may be starting a new job at near by hospital on an Oncology unit. It will be closer to home, non-rotating shifts, free parking and I had clinicals on this unit when I was in nursing school so I know "sort of" what to expect. The problem is I will be leaving a hospital I have been working with for the past 11 years! I have only been an RN for 8 months now but worked previously as a CMA for this organization. I hate to throw away my years of service but I have MANY more years to work before retirement. The unit I work on now  is a VERY heavy Gen Med unit plus I rotate shifts which is starting to take a toll on my body and family life. So my question is should I take the new job (that is if it is even offered to me) or hang in and keep looking for something else with my current organization. Thanks in advance for any advice. 

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nznurse93 has 3 years experience as a BSN.

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I don’t see why you wouldn’t go for this new job. You liked it enough as a student to go back. Plus being closer to home with set shifts. 

you may love it or you may hate it. But that going to be the same whatever you choose. Another job in the same organisation might be better/worse than you current job.

one thing I will guarantee, your current job will only get worse if you are already at the stage of wanting to leave. You start getting frustrated and focusing on the bad things, and Forgetting any of good things. 

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Thanks for the advice! I have to keep reminding myself that nursing is a career I can do so many different things with! I dont have to just stick to the same job. Thanks again. 

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WestCoastSunRN has 20 years experience as a BSN and specializes in CVICU, MICU, Burn ICU.

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Sometimes (many times, actually) you have to move to an new organization in order to advance in the way you want to advance.  The closer-to-home, free parking, non-rotating shifts are not small things to me.  These represent very real benefits.  

If you get offered the oncology job -- GREAT!  If you don't... it just means you can try the other option of looking for something new in the organization you've been in and possibly get something new that you'd like better -- GREAT!  

Neither is a bad option, but if you get the oncology job, well -- that's the bird in the hand.

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I would consider rotating shifts a deal-breaker, and not because they are completely unable to be survived for a short/defined time in one's life, but because I believe there is an inherent disregard involved in offering this shift situation to professional nurses most of the time. When I see them posted I usually think to myself that someone in that organization said to themselves, "Yeah, we know that these work patterns don't easily lend themselves to a healthy/happy existence for the long term, but, well....we don't care and this is what we are offering, take it or leave it."

So, yeah. I would check out the other job if they offer it to you. Give proper professional notice and do everything necessary to leave on excellent terms.

Your other option is to speak with your manager about a timeline for a regular shift schedule and say you are interested in working a straight shift schedule. 🤷🏽‍♀️Fair notice.

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Thanks again everyone! Will keep you posted!

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Undercat has 41 years experience as a BSN, MSN, CRNA and specializes in Retired.

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Rotating shifts are a very bad sign.  It's a barbaric practice that needs to end.  

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