I interviewed two days ago for a maternity position that will include orientation in mother baby, newborn nursery, and eventually antepartum and L&D. I'm going on 8 months as an ortho/stroke nurse and it is not an easy job. The patient ratio is always 6:1 and because we are a stroke unit we get a ton of confused patients and 1:1's and are understaffed a lot, unfortunately. Maternity is what I've been interested in since school and I feel very lucky to have even gotten the interview.
Basically, my dilemma is that the new job (if I get an offer) is 40 minutes away, and is going to be a drop in pay - about 2 dollars less an hour. I have the potential to transfer at my current hospital, but I've already spoken to HR and they said I need the full year of experience, which I understand, and would probably need 6 months in mother baby before going to L&D, which is what I'm really interested in.
First of all there is the possibility I don't get this job and then I wouldn't have any decisions to worry about right now, but If I do get an offer I feel like how can I pass up an opportunity to work in a field I'm truly interested in just because it's a little farther with a little less pay (I don't have a family to support, just your standard 23 year old living expenses). On the other end, it's scary as hell to leave a job I'm already comfortable with that has coworkers I really enjoy as well- especially if I could eventually transfer within my hospital system. However, there is no guarantee I'll get a job in maternity at my one year mark at my current job. This interview basically fell into my lap (friend of a friend got my resume) so I feel like I would be silly to pass up such an opportunity.
I guess I'll cross this bridge if I get an actual offer, but I just needed somewhere to vent with the hope that someone might have a bit of advice or has been in a similar situation.
Thanks for reading!! :)
(P.S. sorry for any errors or weird sounding sentences- I have to leave for work so no time to proof read!)