I've worked as a research nurse coordinator for around a month. When I interviewed I was under the impression it was a typical M-F job with the mention of an occasional Saturday if the volunteer couldn't make it during the week. What I was not made aware of is that I could be working 45 to 50 hour weeks on a 40 hr/week salary. A salary that is lower than my previous job. I was ok with this since I thought I would be happier and have a better life balance. This isn't the case. I am routinely required to come in an hour or more early and stay several hours late. Typically to walk a volunteer to MRI or get there to help set up for a study procedure. I have also been asked to work Saturdays completing procedures or to walk a patient to MRI that they couldn't have on the weekday. This adds up to many extra hours, typically with me just sitting around waiting for something to be completed. The physician doesn't seem to be bothered by putting stuff on Saturdays as long as it works with her schedule and I feel like I am being asked to keep all my Saturdays open. if I schedule something during a Saturday, there is no one I am able to ask to complete the task for me because I'm the only coordinator in my group. This isn't helping my work life balance as I typically volunteer for animal shelters on the weekend and am trying to take a graduate school course that meets on Saturdays. I can't do any of these things if I am being asked to work frequent Saturdays with no one to ask to help me. I am allowed to take a half day to make up for the overtime but that doesn't solve the issue of me having to basically keep all my weekend plans in the air in case something is scheduled for work.I'm quite frustrated. I didn't realize how much I was going to be asked to do in addition to managing 5 studies, learning how to do all nursing care and lab preparations as well. I've started to look for a new job but I hate to jump ship so quickly.