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Yet another dilemma

Let me start by saying that I love my job, however recently my job has become far less about patient care and far more about shifting people to the main wards of the hospital in what is perceived as being a timely manner, patient care be dammed.

I have always wanted to work in the emergency department and there is a job going there right now. I have started filling in my application. It is the job I have always wanted. If I go there I will have a lot of the same problems I have now, life will still be about moving patients to the wards and I will still work 12 hour shifts that might knacker me physically, but it will be the job I have always wanted and one step closer to my place on that trauma team!

There is also a job in the homeless health unit which I think would be a fantastic job for me. I have a genuine interest in health inequalities in the homeless population - it is actually what I wrote my report on for my bachelors degree and I think I would really enjoy the job. It is Monday to Friday 9-5 which might actually help me with the pain related struggles I am having after my current twelve and a half hour shifts, but it would also mean a pay cut of at least a few hundred pounds a month and only two days off a week. It would mean I would be home at tea time every night and might stand a chance of a full nights sleep between shifts though.

There is another job going in what is being described as 'primary care out of hours' I am not 100% sure where the job is physically but I assume it is in one or more of the out of hours GP services in the city, one of which is within walking distance of my house. Now I have never actually been particularly attracted to the role of a primary care nurse but something about this job being out of hours only and therefore dealing with slightly more urgent cases than you would at a regular GP surgery makes it a bit attractive. Its listed as weekends only but does not say how many hours it is. It could potentially mean working every Friday and Saturday night which is actually ok with me. it would mean I would keep my unsocial hours enhancements, but it might mean that I need to pick up an extra shift on the bank every week if it is only two nights a week but this wouldn't be too hard to do.

I have no idea what to do here. I guess I could apply for all three, I mean there is no guarantee that I would even get to the interview stage for any of them, although it is likely they would at least interview me for the A&E one since I already work in emergency medicine. But what if by some stroke of luck I get offered two or even all three of the jobs? What one would I pick? OMG I have no idea what to do.

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MegL wrote on April 16, 2017, 1:05 PM

That's a good position to be in. Even if you apply for them all, you may not get the acceptances in the preferred order. I remember being listed for two jobs. One was guaranteed but the one I would have preferred was a list with a finite lifespan. They wouldn't give me any guarantee that the list would be completed by the time it ended, so I took the guaranteed job. I am glad I did as there were still people on that list when it expired.

Colibry21 wrote on April 16, 2017, 8:31 PM

You should apply to all three and see what happens. You never know what could happen, unless you try.

melody23 wrote on April 17, 2017, 12:34 PM

I guess its just because I have made this mistake before. I took a permanent job in the city when I finished college instead of going to work in spain. the job in spain was only a guaranteed three month contract so I took the job in the city instead - I regretted it almost instantly. The job I took was great but the hours and money were terrible and I was stuck wondering about glasgow when I could have been on a beach in spain.

I think the chances of me getting the out of hours one are pretty slim to be honest, I've not got the experience for something like that really but the homeless health one has been advertised twice that I know of so if they are struggling to fill it they might be interested in me. The A&E one it will all depend on who I am up against - I have the relevant experience, just not a whole lot of it, if I come up against people from downstream medical wards I might get it due to my experience being more acute but if I come up against someone who has more experience than me in a similar environment I wont stand a chance. The big problem with the A&E one is that if I don't get it, my boss will almost certainly know I have applied since its the same directorate as us.

melody23 wrote on April 17, 2017, 12:34 PM

That is very true