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Hospice or School Nurse?

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I’m at a bit of a crossroads here. I have been a med/surg nurse for a year now but am ready to move on to something new.
I recently received a job offer to work in an inpatient hospice house weekends only. It pays more and would allow me time off all week to spend with my son. The only two issues is the health insurance kinda stinks and I was told I could be the only RN (this being nights) with a CNA for up to 7 patients! This is only if they’re all low acuity though. I was told it’s typically just 5 patients (this is my norm). 

On the other hand, a coworker of mine recently started as a school nurse and told me their was another opening that will be posted for one of the local high schools. It would be a normal Monday thru Friday, no holidays/weekends, and it’d be in my sons school district. The only issue is they haven’t officially posted the job but my coworker says I would more than likely get it (but thats no guarantee). 

I just don’t know what to do. I don’t want to wait for something that might not happen yet I don’t wanna burn a bridge for a potential employer. 

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scuba nurse has 30 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN.

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Well as a school nurse, I say go for that! Though I have no idea how school will look in the fall, they have not decided around here yet. 

I love the hours and the students, and believe me, you will use a ton of med/ surg experience, and it works out great with kids schedules as you are on the same one. 

Join us over on the school nurses page, under specialties, if you take the job, we are a great group and can help you out!

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in school nurse.

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Public school jobs can be somewhat political. Don't put too much faith in a former co-worker saying that you'll probably get the school nurse job. I don't say that to be denigrating, but just to advise you not to count your chickens...

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1 hour ago, Jedrnurse said:

Public school jobs can be somewhat political. Don't put too much faith in a former co-worker saying that you'll probably get the school nurse job. I don't say that to be denigrating, but just to advise you not to count your chickens...

I absolutely hear what you are saying which is why I am so hesitant to make any moves. I actually graduated from this school so I’m hoping for some brownie points in there. Either way I still have my current job 🤷🏼‍♀️

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KJoRN81 has 6 years experience as a ADN, RN.

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Hello!

I worked inpatient hospice for 2.5 years & it was amazing. Hospice has a different vibe, obviously different outcome than any other specialty, which really tones down the mood. I have never in my life felt so fulfilled & full of light as I did when I cared for the dying. Sounds cheesy but if you’re the right kind of person, it can be a wonderful experience. 
of course, the dying aspect is rough but being there for someone (& their family!) as they transition is truly something amazing.

 

Just my biased opinion! I’m sure you’ll find happiness whatever you decide!

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