I went from part-time to per diem a few months ago. I have felt like it was a huge mistake ever since. DH talked me into it, reasoning that I would need more time at home when we started homeschooling in the fall. Well, I have continued to work nearly the same amount of hours (we need the money), at the same hourly pay, only NOW with no eligibility for insurance and no accumulation of vacation hours. I thought I would have more control over my schedule, but I actually have less, since as a part-timer, I was able to self-schedule and sign up for my favorite days and favorite coworkers, while as a PRN, I end up having to work the dregs days that no one else wants to work.
My PT gig only required me to work 18 hrs per week in order to get health insurance and other bennies. That is a SWEET deal.The health insurance at work is way better than DH's. I want another baby, and we can't afford the huge deductible with our current insurance, but we could easily afford it if I went on my workplace insurance. I would hate to limit our family size just because our insurance sucks.
I basically have been kicking myself ever since giving up my part-time spot.
And the kicker is that, as a PRN nurse, I never get scheduled in the department that I was trained for; I am always the backup for that department, and work in my secondary dept. So, even though I still work the same amount of hours, I feel like I am losing my specialty job skills, and that worries me. A lot.
I haven't said anything to my boss, because at the time, she gave me several chances to back out of my decision, and I didn't think the hospital would open another spot for me. This week, I finally got to work in my specialty dept again for the first time in forever. It felt so right to be back there. I vented to a coworker about how stupid I felt for giving up my benefited position, and she advised me to approach the boss about it. I had planned to talk to Boss-lady next week, but apparently news travels fast, because the boss called me at home last night to ask if the rumors were true about me wanting to go PT again, and offered me my old spot back. I told her I would tell her next week. I'm so happy.
I feel like this is a no-brainer decision, and a second chance. DH doesn't like me working, but he's not willing to get a job that pays more than poverty level wages, so I need to work this amount of hours for us to stay afloat, whether he likes it or not. I may as well get the better health insurance, benefits and better job outlook while I'm at it, right?
Pros: Everything. Working with my fave coworkers, more control over my schedule, insurance, PTO, sick time, less need for babysitter due to less weekdays....
Cons: Disagreeable DH (he'll get over it), and a few extra hours of on-call time.
ETA: Another con is having to pay out $300+ per month for insurance if I carry it, vs no monthly premiums at all with DH's insurance. But my insurance doesn't have a deducible bigger than my bank account like DH's, nor does it risk disappearing overnight due to DH's boss being too broke to pay the premiums (has happened in the past).
Edited by major_mama11 - 5/13/11 at 7:22am