What would you do? Please Help? Need Advice.

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by Tara0219 Tara0219 Member

Specializes in MED/SURG; POST-OP GU/GYN. Has 5 years experience.

Okay, let me start of by first giving a littl background information. I am currently an LPN and have been working as a school nurse for 2 years. I am about to start an LPN-RN bridge program which is an all day program on Mondays. It works out nice b/c the county I work for does not go to school on Mondays. Although I love my job, I think I would be better off somewhere else. Right now the education system is very unstable and I am not contracted, so they could call me tomorrow and tell me I do not have a job. On top of that, the fact that I don't work 2 months out of the summer, 3 weeks for christmas, 2 weeks for thanksgiving, and 1 week for spring break, really cuts into my paycheck. I mean I love having all the time off, but you have to draw the line somewhere. Anyways, I interviewed for a PRN position on a surgical floor at our local hospital. It is not a huge hospital, but it is nowhere near small. The hiring manager pretty much said I would be able to work when I want to day or night, as long as I don't go over 40 hours a weekm, and that once I am oriented on that floor, I can also orient on another floor that she manages so I would be able to pick up shifts on both floors. Basically the chances of me not being able to work are slim. Shift differential is $5 more than base pay for S/S night shift. I know I would lose my benefits, but my husband works full time so I can get on his plan, and eventhough I would be PRN, I would still have the option to contribute to a 401k. Again, like I said, I do love my job but we are struggling financially and I want better for my family. So if you were in this situation, what would you do? Thanks for any advice that you can give, it is greatly appreciated.

westieluv

westieluv

Specializes in Med/Surg, Tele, Dialysis, Hospice. Has 26 years experience. 948 Posts

I think that I would go for the hospital job. If the school districts where you live are anything like the ones where I live, they are desperate for money, and the state is getting ready to cut some of their funding to try to address the huge deficit, and I read on a lot of internet forums that this seems to be the case in many, many states right now, so it seems that no ancillary job in a public school would be 100% safe right now. Also, when you become an RN, you would be able to stay on at the hospital and probably get a nice pay raise, whereas with the school nurse job, you probably wouldn't make much more, would you? I am an RN who floats to four different Med/Surg floors and works contingent, and you just can't ask for more flexability in a job. If we want to go on vacation, if it's one of my kids' birthdays, if I just want to spend a day hanging out with my sisters who live out of town, all I have to do is say that I'm not available on those days, and unlike a part-time or full-time nurse, I never have to worry about finding someone to work for me. I love it!

Good luck to you. :)

Tara0219

Tara0219

Specializes in MED/SURG; POST-OP GU/GYN. Has 5 years experience. 29 Posts

Yes, our entire state is in serious trouble when it comes to funding for our education system. I would have to leave after I got my RN anyways bc there wouldn't be any pay raise. All of our schools have LPN's, there are no RN positions. I think you're right about everything, and I will probably go with the hospital. Thanks for your input.