I am really struggling to find a job that fits the list i have for "requirements". So heres the deal, I am 41 years old, just graduated from nursing school May 2016. I was an LPN for 2 years before finishing the RN transition program.
When I graduated, I got a hospice job. M-F fulltime with "on call" 7 days on, 7 days off....yes, it turned out to be hell. My phone rang ALL THE TIME and seems as though people only die in the middle of the night (harsh I know), but that is when I always had to leave on a call, at 2AM. 6 months went by, told mgmt I couldn't handle to on call requirements and needed to take less on call...maybe a week a month. But that request fell on deaf ears.
So then I got a job at an LTAC on nightshift....awesome learning opportunity! I worked 6 months there and felt myself getting more and more tired to the point of feeling ill all the time. I thought I would acclimate to being on nights but it only got worse for me. Yes...Yes....i tried the blackout curtains, soothing music, no music, fans, eat before/eat after sleeping...nothing worked, felt like a zombie on my days off. I thought about day shift but there were no openings on days (we were fully staff...and then some) so no idea how long i would have had to wait to switch. I felt like dodo on a daily basis simply from never getting a block of sleep longer than 3 hours at a time. (no bueno)
Soooooo now here I am now. Got offered a "fulltime" home health case mgr job...M-F. Trouble is, apparently the "fulltime" thing is more like they want me to be available fulltime, not that they actually have visits available. So now I am LUCKY to get 20 visits a week (paid per visit). Since there arent many patients in MY territory, I am forced to take left over visits from other territories (total scheduling nightmare, driving all over the county) to get that 17-20 visits a week. I am so not digging this set up right now. I was told its because home health "ebbs and flows" kinda like a feast or famine scenerio....ummmm that stressful.
Holy Toledo! I had this figment of my imagination that when I graduated nursing school it would be rainbows and butterflies....the thing nursing dreams are made of. But in reality in the last 16 months as a new RN, I have had 3 jobs and now compiled a list of what I don't want in a job.
#1 - no "on call" ....sucks the life out of me
#2 - no nightshift....also sucks the life out of me
#3 - no wishy-washy consistency with hours....crazy stressful
Dear god, can I get another job at this time? Do i have to endure where I am at now that my resume looks like crap?
Rant over...thanks for reading!