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Yes, another "which job should I choose" question..but I really do need feedback

Peachpit Peachpit (New) New Nurse

 I have two job offers..one is a FT M-F hospice CM position (no call, no weekends, no holidays, salaried, mileage, case load 12 - 14) at an office about 25 min from my home. Second off is a FT 3 days/week (12 hr shifts) on an acute care unit in a small hospital about 45 min from my home.  

 I have until Monday to make a decision about each offer. I am not a new nurse and have experience both in the hospital and home health/hospice however, I've been out of hospital nursing for approximately 8 yrs. working in case management/physician office type nursing.

I am not 100% sure going back into the a hospital setting...the Covid issue is a small part of my hesitation, mainly I'm unsure the 12+ hr shifts coupled with the 45 min trip tacked onto both ends of the 12 hr shift would be worth it just to have a few days off during the week. It's stating the obvious that hospital nursing has changed 10 fold since I worked in it 8+ yrs ago as well.

The hospice position would be rewarding, though I know there is a ton of documentation but it seems  that is everywhere these days. The draw back is it being M-F(though the management team does not require nurses to be in the office unless there is a meeting so nurses can schedule their days as they wish within reason).

I don't want to be short sighted about either position and realize hospital positions don't come open often for someone who has been out of the hospital setting for as long as I have been. The hospice position salary is 7K more than the hospital and that doesn't include the mileage reimbursement.

 My goal..work/life balance, to do some good for someone while being able to provide for my family. No lofty ideas about management, furthering my degree or anything like that.  I appreciate any feedback anyone is willing to provide.

dream'n, BSN, RN

Specializes in UR/PA, Hematology/Oncology, Med Surg, Psych.

I personally wouldn’t want to go back into acute care at the hospital with the long hours, high stress, bad ratios, ...  plus the two extra days off a week I spent recuperating 

1 hour ago, dream'n said:

I personally wouldn’t want to go back into acute care at the hospital with the long hours, high stress, bad ratios, ...  plus the two extra days off a week I spent recuperating 

What position are you in since leaving bedside? Curious why people don’t seem to go back to bedside, even though those non-bedside jobs have less schedule flexibility and sometimes increased workloads/hours.

If you've been out of the hospital setting for eight years, in reputable facilities.. you would not be a viable candidate. You would require extensive orientation or a refresher course. No way in Hades would I want to work in a hospital during a pandemic. Good luck with your decision.

You pretty much answered your own question. If you've been doing CM, stick to that plus it has more pay, better hours, and less facetime unless there's a meeting vs longer drive, extensive hours per shift, and less pay, plus long time since hospital experience. You've already decided, you just don't know it! 😉

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