Hey, Ya'll! I need some advice!

  1. okay-this is the situation-some of you may remember that i am an occupational health nurse at present, and sometimes i am frustrated because i am the only health provider at my site and the higher-ups don't follow recognized medical opion and advice, sometimes. well, recently i have been being micro-managed by my manager, who is the hr manager. she has zip medical experience. when i was on vacation 2 weeks ago, several people came into my office and just helped themselves to what ever they wanted out of the supply cabinet. my manager said it was okay because they were managers, and could go in any time. does that include my desk, and confidential medical stuff that was locked inside it? i don't think so! so, today i had an interview at the hospital in town, which is actually the main campus of the 2 hospitals owned by the same company. bottom line, i have an interview next friday for a 7a-7p 3/12's/wk job at the smaller hospital of the two. this is where i worked er and cath labbefore my current job. the new job would be in the float pool, working med-surg, ccu, and icu. i would have training and orientation in all of those areas. i currently work 32hrs/wk, and make $18.72/hr. the nurse recruiter told me today that their new graduates begin at $16.51/hr, and that my pay would be "substantially higher." there is also a premium paid for being in the float pool. :d so, friends, what is your advice and experience? do i go with the new job? my current job is a sit-down job, 90% of the day. this other one would be on my feet about 95% of the day. i am 51-should i go back to the hospital? my husband and i have talked this over, and so have my daughter and i. i am leaning strongly toward the hospital, but want to be sure that i am making the best decision possible. i would really appreciate your all's input! :kiss
    Last edit by CATHYW on Sep 28, '02
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   Rustyhammer
    Is there any way to get rid of the HR micromanager?
    -R
  4. by   JonRN
    Cathy, to be completely honest I think you would be better off putting up with being micro-managed due to the fact that it is a sit-down job. At your age, how many more years are your feet gonna be able to pound the floors 12 hrs/day? I am speaking from past experience, my feet bothered me constantly when I worked 12 hr shifts in the SICU at your age. I can feel your frustration, and believe me I am sympathetic to it, but sometimes we have to do what is best for us physically, which is not necessarily the best mentally and emotionally.

    Pappy
  5. by   ptnurse
    My first impulse is to say go with your heart, but I am getting to my 40's and am growing increasingly weary of 12 hour shifts. I thinking in two more years, when my kids are older I won't have much choice but to find a sit down job. But the pressure of being micomanaged on a daily basis is very difficult too. Maybe you could hold on at the present job and keep an eye out for another sit down job. Is that possible?
  6. by   CATHYW
    The HR Manager is throughly entrenched-she has been at the company for 15 years, knows all the dirt, and how to influence the higgher ups (men) to bend to her way of thinking.

    I am still have mixed feelings about potentially changing jobs. I don't know for sure what I am going to do-there is another interview next Friday-but I welcome your thoughts, and definitely will consider any suggestions. As far as I know, jobs that primarily require sitting are very few and far between around here. I never see anything similar advertised, anywhere. I guess people who have jobs like mine stick with them. I'll keep you all posted, and I thank you for your comments!
  7. by   cactus wren
    Girl, I`d buy a goood pair of support hose, and new shoes, and hit those hospital floors again.
  8. by   prn nurse
    50 isn't exactly over the hill !!

    In terms of your present health and future health, I believe being "on your feet" is conducive to good health.

    A sitting down....sedentary job.....what's desirable about that?
    I agree with cactus wren.

    I wake up at 6 a.m and never sit down before 10 pm (when not working).

    On the units, you will have patient care assistants and others to assist. At least 5 hours is documentation time....sitting.

    And 4 days off every week !

    I'd give it a chance. At my hospital , there are 3-4 nurses working 12 hr. days & night shifts....all in their late 50's.

    And, there's at least 4 that are 63, 64, & 65 years old, yes, doing bedside nursing.

    I think it might depend on the shape you are in....they are not overweight, they go to the gym on their days off....and work at staying in premium physical condition.

    50 is too young to be thinking in terms of '''slowing down''' to the point of a desk job.
  9. by   fedupnurse
    I don't know! Why did you leave hospital nursing before? Why did you take the current job? Do you like your current job other than the manager? DO you really want to go back to 12 hours in a float position? One floor one day, somewhere else the next? What is your gut telling you? Does it feel right???
    Good luck!
  10. by   CATHYW
    Okay, Cactuswren, PRN, and Fedupnurse, this is the deal:
    I left the ER because I had the stepdaughter from hell (16) at home, a new husband that was bipolar and I didn't know that, though-I just knew he was abusive) to, and a nurse manager who loved to pick favs, and pick ON anyone that she could. I had too much emotional stuff going on to keep being in charge on the weekends that I worked. So, I tried to talk with the manager, and she immediately took me off charge, TOLD people of my conversation for her, and she began picking on me, for anything and everything. Another nurse who had gone to the cath lab (from ER) asked me to go there and work with him. I applied, and was accepted. I transferred, and liked the job pretty well. My home life was in constant turmoil, and it was all I could do to keep myself together. The day that I did not premedicate a patient who was supposed to be allergic to the contrast medium, I discovered the mistake as I was reviewing the patient's hx, while charting, preparatory to transferring him to another hospital. When I discovered my mistake, the man had already been in recovery for almost an hour, with no untoward effects from the contrast medium. A cold chill washed over me. I got up, walked into the Manager's office, told her what I had done, and that I wanted to resign. She told me to think it over, and talk with her again the next day. By then, I'd talked it over with my husband, and decided to resign the cath lab, and do per diem OccMed work. One of the clients that I did once a week nursing for created a job for me, and that is the one I am in now. In Nov. I will have been there 3 years.

    I have gained about 40 lbs. since I worked in the ER and cath lab, but most of that is due to inactivity and stress. Since my husband is now on medication and sees his psychiatrist regularly, and my stepdaughter hasn't lived with us for over 3 years, we have a pretty quiet life now.

    To answer the question-if it wasn't for the HR manager, I probably wouldn't be looking. On the other hand, she is the one who created my job!

    As far as the floating, that wouldln't bother me any more than working agency. Plus, it is likely to keep me from becoming involved in the politics of each unit, since I would not be a permanent member of any unit but the float team.

    I am leaning toward the hospital, because I feel that my actual nursing skills are lying dormant, and are not often used. The position I am in now is more a wellness-type thing, with occasional trauma or counseling.

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