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New Nurse working full time- adding a PRN job to the mix?

zoeywr zoeywr (New) New

Hi everyone. I'm having a bit of difficulty trying to figure out what to do with my job situation, so I was looking to get some advice.

I passed my NCLEX in September 2017 so I'm still a very new nurse. I have been working full time in the ICU since then, and I am still on orientetion. I work three 12 hour shifts a week on day shift.

I was never really interested in getting another job in addition to my full time ICU job until I was recently offered a pretty amazing PRN position at a plastic surgeon's office as a cosmetic nurse injector. It would be 2 or 3 days a week (from 9a-5p) and they are willing to fully train me so I become certified in doing injections like Botox and filler, and other non-invasive aesthetic procedures. I've always had a huge interest in working in aesthetics and plastics (huge difference from the ICU I know lol), and it's a really great/rare opportunity. I also REALLY need the extra income to pay off my debt because I am drowning in debt currently- I am single and live in an area where nurses don't make much money compared to cost of living expenses. It's nearly impossible to pick up extra shifts in my current unit, and nurses are always getting budgeted. So I can't really make extra money where I'm at. The nurse injector job also pays significantly more than what I am making in the ICU.

I like being an RN at the hospital... I truly do. But I am very stressed and realistically, I am not sure if I will be able to do it long term- I am worried I will eventually get burnt out and want to be in a slower paced environment with "normal" hours someday (like a clinic, plastic surgeon's office etc).

I guess I'm just stuck because I feel like there are an equal amount of pros and cons. I am afraid having 2 jobs as a new RN (one of them being super busy and stressful) might spread me too thin and I will be overwhelmed, but I truly want to try to work in plastic surgery as well. It's a passion of mine and the extra money would help me significantly.

Is it even realistic to tell your full-time employer that you need 2 or 3 specific days off every week to work a part time job in the nursing world? Especially when you're still technically on orientation and a new RN?

Thanks in advance for any advice :)


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