Dear Nurse Beth,
I have almost 4 years under my belt as a rehab nurse in a long term care facility. I am just about to get my BSN. I want to find a part time job that would have shorter shifts, like a 4-5 hour day. I don't even know where to search. The hospitals and affiliated offices would want full 8 hour shifts. Indeed is a pain to sort through...
I may be going on disability, not sure if that would help me make a deal some place to only work 4-5 hours a day?
Thanks for any help!!!
Dear Wants Part-Time,
Going on disability and having work restrictions does not help you make a deal- if anything, a potential employer will shy away from accomodations that benefit the employee but not necessarily the employer.
Some facilities provide "light duty" and shorter hours for a period of time when an employee is recovering and plans to go back to their regular job. Employers are not required to create a part-time job when a full-time job is needed, however. Some progressive facilities may allow shift-sharing but that requires a colleague who is willing to work in perfect tandem with you for patient care coverage.
Your best bet is finding a position away from direct patient care. Getting your BSN will provide options away from clinical bedside practice. You would need first need to gain skills, such as case management, or documentation specialist. Once you have experience, you are in a better position to negotiate for a part-time position, or to look for a position from home
, which might be more manageable.
The most important thing is your health, and you are wise to start planning your career around your future limitations.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!