I may be giving up my sweet gig at the recovery room. They have told me that they won’t be needing any agency employees anymore. They tried very hard to convince me to come on as staff there, but I just don’t think I could do it. It would effectively cut my hourly rate in half.
Can you imagine cutting your salary in half? How much would you have to love a job to agree to do it for half the price? I’m fond of the recovery room, it’s true. But I don’t love it that much.
My strategy is to do nothing. If I leave them my phone number, I am sure they will eventually call me and ask me to work. This is is a common theme I’ve noticed in nursing. Every once awhile a nurse manager loves to get up and say, “We are so pleased to announce that we are fully staffed and no longer relying on agency nurses!” only to find that a month later they are trying to fill shifts with (guess what?) agency nurses. Or traveling nurses. Or warm bodies.
Meanwhile I signed up for some MICU shifts. I hope I don’t regret it. I guess after last week’s excitement I’m ready for some ICU type action.