Hi everyone. I'm a new grad RN in tele/stroke in Southern CA for almost 6 months now, w a PD gig as a preop/PACU RN at an ASC. I moved from my hometown yrs ago, but now with covid, it's mentally hard living alone since I can't see friends (I float to covid) & can't go home for the holidays. Night shift also affected my sleep schedule. But I can't help but worry about my family too (also in healthcare). As with most hospitals bc of covid, we're now out of ratio/no CNAs & I feel unsafe/unsatisfied w my care. I also don't see myself in tele that long. Despite my unit being very busy, the pros: love my coworkers/how helpful everyone is, self schedule, generous pay. But we technically "signed" a 2 yr contract but I heard many ppl break it without paying fees bc our hospital is super small/high turnover.
However, I know my time as a new grad is limited. Since my current job only had a 2 week residency w classes & 8 weeks precepting, I didn't feel prepared and still don't at times. So I applied to a residency back home which is 1 yr long. Overall, I wouldn't mind going back home to live w my family if it means less bills to pay & having their support. BUT there will be a huge pay cut. If the residency doesn't work out, I would apply to PACU/short stay jobs as these areas have interested me for awhile esp from my ASC job & I feel like it would be a better fit for me long term. The hospitals are also bigger (I.e. Level 1 trauma center) w better reputations compared to the one I am at now but I'm worried how it'll look on a resume
Should I stick it out and wait even if I don't enjoy my job/situation/feel anxious or apply back home & leave my current job if an offer comes up in a specialty I want (but fear of the unknown)?