I am a new grad, currently working 1st shift on a busy surgical floor of a hospital, that is in a hospital group with other hospitals. I am also in school for my BSN, full-time, and I graduate in a few months. I was planning on applying to start my master's in the fall, while continuing to work, part-time. I have no children, yet. Because I am only working part-time, most of my income goes to paying off debt from nursing school.
I have been at this job for 6 months and I am already starting to feel burned out, and I only work part-time. Most of the nurses only work part-time, and even many of the veteran nurses have told me that they could never work 40+ hours on this floor, and that I should not feel like it is just because I am a new grad.
Initially, I intended to try and stay a year and then try and transfer elsewhere within the hospital group to keep my retirement benefits that are not fully vested. However, I had to have surgery recently and I am out on medical leave. When I return, I will most likely have 2 weeks of light duty. I have been told by other nurses that there is nothing on the floor I can do "light-duty", so I am not sure where they are going to put me. My fear is that they will tell me to "get help when needed", but we are almost always understaffed, so I don't see that going well.
On my floor, we basically care for patients before or after surgery, but often times, the PACU will sometimes send patients that are not stable because they need beds. I often have 5 patients, which wouldn't be as bad if 1-2 of them were not new post-op patients. Many days I find myself running in between patient rooms to try and save time and not spend a ton of time charting, afterwards. I am still working on improving my time management skills, but I am never the only one there charting, after, either. A lot of my time loss comes from days when we have no CNA, and I try and do everything for a patient, before moving on to the next room. I am learning prioritization.
I am now eligible for transfer, and a job was just listed within the hospital group for an ASC position, and I was eyeing it before my procedure. The center is connected to a different hospital. Last week, I decided not to apply because it is a longer commute, more hours, and also, I felt bad for leaving my current position so soon. I have never been a "job jumper".
However, after my procedure, I spoke with a fertility doctor who strongly suggested that I start trying to conceive in October of this year. If possible, we want to avoid starting off in debt with a newborn, so my SO is suggesting that I postpone grad school and start working full-time, as soon as possible so that we (I) can get our (my) debt paid off, and start saving for a potential baby.
I am not sure how long the position will be available and I am still on leave. Is it ok to apply while I am on leave, or should I wait? Anyone have any pros and cons that I may not have considered? Do I need to contact my manager, first, since it would be a transfer within the organization? Am I wrong to think that 32-40 hours of ASC work might be less stressful and physically demanding than my busy surgical floor at the hospital?