What would you do?

  1. I have worked on a pediatric floor for 16 years-mostly with the cancer/BMT kids. I am totally burned out. I finished my BSN and had done my clinicals with a school nurse and just loved it. I am interviewing for a school nurse position-will have to travel 45 min.to 1 hr. Would you take the job that is in your heart and travel or stay in a position you are totally unhappy with. I live in Michigan so you never know what kind of winters you'll have. I appreciate any feedback. Thanks
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   gij1
    Your post sounds like you are ready for change. Nothing worse for the soul than burnt out. Trust that all will be okay if you make this major change. By the way how is the school nursing salary compared to RN wages? Will you have summers off?
  4. by   shel_wny
    Change will do you good.
    Never ever ever stay in a position you are unhappy with.
    Listen to your heart and try something new.

    Shel
  5. by   ktwlpn
    Quote from Loving Life
    I have worked on a pediatric floor for 16 years-mostly with the cancer/BMT kids. I am totally burned out. I finished my BSN and had done my clinicals with a school nurse and just loved it. I am interviewing for a school nurse position-will have to travel 45 min.to 1 hr. Would you take the job that is in your heart and travel or stay in a position you are totally unhappy with. I live in Michigan so you never know what kind of winters you'll have. I appreciate any feedback. Thanks
    Go for it....summers,weekends and holidays off....Snow days!!!! :hatparty:
  6. by   nurseygrrl
    I say go for it as well! Travel time is worth it if it's something you really love doing. Good luck and let us know how it goes!
  7. by   hypnotic_nurse
    I'd take the new job. Life is too short to do something you're not happy about.
  8. by   WhiteCaps
    An hour's drive in a Michigan winter can be difficult and dangerous!
    Isn't there a closer school?
    Take the job but look for a closer one as soon as you can.

    IMHO
  9. by   suzanne4
    I grew up in MI and worked there for many years. Go for the job, you have nothing to lose. And just always keep a suitcase in the trunk for when you want to spend the night close to the school. Did that many times throughout my career as a nurse there. And never had a problem with it.

    Good luck with whatever you decide..............
  10. by   Loving Life
    Thanks everyone! I had my interview on Friday and will find out next Friday. I think it went well, and will find out next Friday. I am truly excited and now know I must move on. I probably will look for a closer one as time goes on.
  11. by   Angela Mac
    stress is not good for your heart, happiness is. We all know that when a nurse is not happy, the patients pick up on it, and they are not happy.

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