I've been a nurse for 18 months on a telemetry floor and enjoyed it. Before becoming an RN I worked there as a CNA and monitor tech so I've been there for years and know everyone really well. However, we haven't seen a pay raise in years and won't be getting one this upcoming year either. I've also hit the point where I'm frustrated with staff/pt ratios and feel like I'd really benefit from a change. I applied for a position at the other local hospital in their ER in the hopes I'd get a little bump in pay and could also stay PRN at my current position to keep my foot in the door. Sadly, I didn't get the job and it will be 6 months before I can reapply--assuming there is a position open at that time.My current hospital just posted an opening for our ER. Transferring will get me into the ER like I want but it won't come with a pay increase and we aren't allowed to have PRN positions on one unit while working full time on another. I love the people I work with and had hoped to not give the place up entirely.Ideally, I would like to work at the ER at the other hospital as I think it would be a good experience to see what other hospitals have to offer and how things are done elsewhere. What I'm not sure about, is how transferring to my facilities ER would impact my chances. Initially I was thinking that ER experience would probably help but if it's only 6 months, is that enough to be significant in any way? Would being willing to leave after just 6 months be considered negative by a hiring manager?I'm having a really tough time deciding and ER positions tend to fill quickly so I need to decide soon if I want to put in a transfer bid. Which brings me to my other concern, I have to put the transfer in through my manager and I don't think she'll be pleased. We've been short staffed for months and she's got several new grads in training but I know she'll be upset I'm looking to leave. I don't know that she would hold it against me in the event I didn't get the position in the ER but I am a little worried about it. The other option is of course, to suck it up and stay where I'm at and cross my fingers I'll get an ER position with the other facility in 6 months. My manager still wouldn't be happy if I left but her new grads would at least have some experience at that point and if I stayed on PRN that would help her with scheduling. Since she's the only manager I've had, I am kinda relying on her for a future reference.