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Methadone clinic job offer

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by CardiacRN#1 CardiacRN#1 (New Member) New Member

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Hello,

I am registered nurse for about 6 months. I work at a large hospital on night shift. I am really not adjusting well to night shift and I have children so needless to say night shift has been an exhausting struggle.

recently I wanted to see what was out there since my unit has no openings on day shift and even if they did I would take a significant pay cut if I went to day shift unless I picked up additional shifts. I applied for a job that I heard about from my school. It was for a registered nurse at a methadone clinic.

i was offered the job Monday- Friday off by 4pm, no holidays and no weekends. Matching my pay I currently make working nights. Only concern is am I shooting myself in the foot only lasting 6 months at the hospital?

really trying hard to decide is it more important to be home with my kids and have a decent normal life and sleep. Or suffer no energy, no sleep, no time with my kids because I sleep all day on my days off.

never worked in methadone clinic all I know is hospital nursing. We have phlebotomist draw labs at hospital. Concerned I am not prepared to work in methadone clinic if I did take the job.

help please! Any feedback or advice very much appreciated I have to decide today I been putting this off too long.

cardiacrn

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Very tempting. I would learn more about the daily realities of the methadone clinic before making a decision

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Yeah, who cares if it fits your lifestyle and you like it? I'd go for it and not worry about it.

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I am wondering what you decided to do. I have never worked in a Methadone clinic (but have done lots of psych nursing, so have working with the client population). I've specialized in community/public health. I've relocated to a new state and am finding that since I do not have at least one year of acute medical experience that finding work in acute care is going to be very challenging. I would strongly encourage you to stick it out for another 6 months, if you can.

I have kids as well and I know that night shift is killer, especially when you have a family.

Good luck with your decision!

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NuggetsHuman works as a clinical social worker.

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Curious to hear what you decided and how it's going.

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Hello All,

I did accept the full time position at the Methadone clinic. I love this job!!! More patient interaction. I feel safe and I love coming to work. Some patients really want to stop using and some just come to not get sick but still not ready for all the resources the clinic offers.

I still work at hospital PRN, would like to keep my foot in the door and keep my skills but working hospital full time was not for me.

 

Cardiac RN 

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NuggetsHuman works as a clinical social worker.

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I'm so happy to hear it's working out for you. That's great!

Also, not sure if you have student loans, but there's been some expansion of National Health Service Corps loan repayment program to help combat "opiate epidemic" issues by extending the pool of eligible sites to include those working in addiction treatment. 

RNs are eligible if they can get their work site to be an approved location.

 

https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loan-repayment/nhsc-sud-workforce-loan-repayment-program.html

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Roy Hanson has 36 years experience and works as a Retired.

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try it! for 3 to 6 months..your eyes will be opened as to drug addicts and how manipulative they can be. Be careful with what you see and discuss around your kids. A meth clinic are people 'trying' to get off higher powered drugs, which sounds like an oxymoron!

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