Does it look bad to request to go prn from part time when just starting a job?

  1. I've been at this LTC job since April . While I have to admit it's better than most LTC I feel as if all I'm doing is popping pills. I also work per diem at a treatment center and I really enjoy it. The director there reached out to me to go full time Mon-Fri and I can't do both because both are second shift. I just feel awful because the DON has been so kind and making sure I'm getting all the training I need. I don't want to all the way leave this job because I really like the facility and patients. But it's ltc at the end of the day. Any advice?
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  3. by   brownbook
    I feel for you and admire your having the decency to "feel badly" about leaving the LTC. I would try to convince myself, hopefully be correct, that your DON would understand you need to do what you want and what is best for you. And that a wonderful, well qualified, nurse will take over my job. (You are not indispensable )

    I think DON's at LTC are unfortunately used to high staff turnover. They know it is a tough job.
  4. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from mzsuccess
    I've been at this LTC job since April . While I have to admit it's better than most LTC I feel as if all I'm doing is popping pills. I also work per diem at a treatment center and I really enjoy it. The director there reached out to me to go full time Mon-Fri and I can't do both because both are second shift. I just feel awful because the DON has been so kind and making sure I'm getting all the training I need. I don't want to all the way leave this job because I really like the facility and patients. But it's ltc at the end of the day. Any advice?
    You've been offered a full time position that you already know you like? And you're willing to help out PRN when available? You're a saint. Just do it.
  5. by   hherrn
    Does it look bad to request to go prn from part time when just starting a job?

    Yes. Of course it does. But, you already must know that, or you wouldn't have asked.

    But, if you are looking for support to do what is best for you, I think you will get it here. But, don't expect the person who now has to scramble to hire a new part time position to be all that happy about it.

    The reality of work,or any agreement, is that sometimes what works out well for one party doesn't work well for the other. And, the nature of the agreement you made is that it can change. If their board of directors rearranged the budget, you would be out,and they woiuod look bad.

    Good luck on the new job.
  6. by   CharleeFoxtrot
    Take the full time work, the LTC facility will always be there.
  7. by   mzsuccess
    What I'm afraid is they'll just let me go because it's like I'm wasting their time
  8. by   mzsuccess
    Quote from hherrn
    Does it look bad to request to go prn from part time when just starting a job?

    Yes. Of course it does. But, you already must know that, or you wouldn't have asked.

    But, if you are looking for support to do what is best for you, I think you will get it here. But, don't expect the person who now has to scramble to hire a new part time position to be all that happy about it.

    The reality of work,or any agreement, is that sometimes what works out well for one party doesn't work well for the other. And, the nature of the agreement you made is that it can change. If their board of directors rearranged the budget, you would be out,and they woiuod look bad.

    Good luck on the new job.

    What you wrote makes a lot of sense
  9. by   mzsuccess
    Quote from Sour Lemon
    You've been offered a full time position that you already know you like? And you're willing to help out PRN when available? You're a saint. Just do it.

    Yes and what sucks the administrator from the LTC job came to me yesterday out of no where saying they're going to give me a few more dollars raise
  10. by   mzsuccess
    Quote from brownbook
    I feel for you and admire your having the decency to "feel badly" about leaving the LTC. I would try to convince myself, hopefully be correct, that your DON would understand you need to do what you want and what is best for you. And that a wonderful, well qualified, nurse will take over my job. (You are not indispensable )

    I think DON's at LTC are unfortunately used to high staff turnover. They know it is a tough job.

    Sadly this it's true
  11. by   kbrn2002
    It sounds like you have already weighed your pros and cons and have decided the treatment center job is the one you prefer. That's fine, you need to keep the full time job that works best for you. Good for you for being concerned about leaving the LTC in a bind but trust me, unless the facility is the golden unicorn of LTC they are used to staff turnover. Keeping a prn position with them is admirable and if you actually do help out by picking up a shift here and there I am sure it would be greatly appreciated.
  12. by   mzsuccess
    Quote from kbrn2002
    It sounds like you have already weighed your pros and cons and have decided the treatment center job is the one you prefer. That's fine, you need to keep the full time job that works best for you. Good for you for being concerned about leaving the LTC in a bind but trust me, unless the facility is the golden unicorn of LTC they are used to staff turnover. Keeping a prn position with them is admirable and if you actually do help out by picking up a shift here and there I am sure it would be greatly appreciated.
    Thx they just offered so much support for me being a new nurse. And to offer a raise so quick was a great token. I just feel like I'm letting them down.
  13. by   psu_213
    Quote from mzsuccess
    What I'm afraid is they'll just let me go because it's like I'm wasting their time
    They might. On the other hand, they might just be happen with a PRN person who appears to be reliable. There is no real right answer, and only you know what is best for you. If you feel that the tx center is what you want, I say go for it...just be prepared that it might not be well received at the LTC facility.
  14. by   NuGuyNurse2b
    Quote from mzsuccess
    Thx they just offered so much support for me being a new nurse. And to offer a raise so quick was a great token. I just feel like I'm letting them down.
    That's because you are letting them down. But in the same vein, the high turnover at LTC's is a reality for them. While there are people who love the job, the truth is, majority of applicants take it because they're new grads with no experience and LTC's allow them a path into hospital settings because it counts as experience (well...for some hospitals...). You should do what you feel is right for you.

    As a new grad I applied to a bunch of positions, only getting callbacks to a few and eventually hired to psych facility, and then used that experience to get into a med surg floor - both positions I knew I didn't want but it was a foot in the door, and after I got the experience I wanted, I transferred to where I really wanted to be. Did I feel guilty when I left those positions? Of course. Those people were nice to me and gave a new grad a chance. But I saw other nurses before me who were leaving those places and I in turn replaced someone else who left, so I was just another brick in the wall being replaced. That's the reality of nursing, people move on to places they want to be. Even your LTC DON might be looking for another job herself.

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