I've been a nurse for just over 6 years. I've worked in a nursing home, corrections and most recently assisted living. I've been at my FT AL job over 5 years and my PT job about 6 months. I like my main job as its less stressful than nursing homes and I like the residents, but they keep messing with my schedule and hours. When I started there I was working 12 hour shifts 84 hours a pay and was doing alright. When a new company took over about 4 years ago they reduced my hours to 72 so I had to get a PT job too. It was doable since I was still working 12's so I had a few days off. Recently they switched us to 8's and since I work there 9 days a pay and my PT job 3 days, I only get 4 days off a month now. Plus my main job is 20 miles away so its gonna cost me more in gas and since I bought a mustang last spring I'm worried about driving all the time in the winter and looking to get an extra set of snow tires.
A couple weeks ago I noticed a LTF (nursing home) just down the street was hiring for every other weekend on 2nd. I talked to the DON on the phone before setting up an interview and we decided it wouldn't be a good fit since I was then working thirds, but now I get off at 2am, but it still wouldn't work unless I quit my 2nd job. She told me to call back if anything changes. Now I see they had an ad and are hiring for PT and FT. I don't know if I should call back or not? Both of my AL jobs don't seem to have much room for advancement as they don't pay that good or give raises. My main job did give bonuses twice a year, but I hear we may not get one next time due to census being down.
So I'm debating the options of what to do. I didn't really like working in the nursing home due to faster pace and I don't really like doing feeding tubes and dealing with more critically ill residents, ect. But if I were to get the nursing home job close to home, I'm sure the pay and benefits would be better, I wouldn't have to work as much, I would save on gas and wear and tear on the car and wouldn't have to worry about driving in a snow storm. But then again if it didn't work out I would most likely be SOL as I live basically paycheck to paycheck and can't afford to be out of work for any amount of time. I guess I could keep my PT job (which is much closer to home than the FT job) for the time being. btw, they are short right now and I could pick up more hours there if I had more days off. But then again, I wouldn't have any benefits for awhile and at least I have quite a few PTO days I can use at my current FT job. Sorry for the long post, any advice?