I really need advice. I have to make a decision between these two positions. I have a one year old baby and am really stuck between choosing what I really want and what may be better for my family. Just for background, I'm not a new nurse and have done a combination of days, eves, and nights in the past.
Labor and delivery/PP. Four 3-11 shifts, less money, free parking, an extra evening away from my baby, more expensive benefits, 20-30 minute commute depending on traffic. Overall, more time with the baby, easier and less expensive childcare.
Pediatric ICU in a level I academic medical center. Everything I ever wanted (fully integrated ICU with med/surg, trauma, transplant, cardiac, heme/onc/BMT. Opportunity to float to other pediatric critical care areas in times of low census. Opportunity to join their transport team. Better pay and better benefits, longer commute with urban traffic (30 minutes no traffic, as much as 1.5 hours with). Night shift only, three 12s. $9/day for parking, $2.50 for tolls, more childcare expense. An extra day with my baby but will I be too tired to enjoy it? If I take this, she will be at home and family or babysitters while I sleep. Worried about my quality of life.
I've never been so torn about anything. Advice greatly appreciated.