Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Really Could Use Some Advice

So sometime in October one of my coworkers, who works in the activities department at the nursing home, fell and seriously hurt herself. I've pretty much taken her hours while she's been gone because they were very short handed in that department. It's not a bad job to have...in fact, I enjoy the fact that I get to walk around the facility wheeling residents to and from activities instead of sitting behind a desk all day. I also enjoy getting to know the residents...a lot more than I thought I would enjoy it. So this coming Friday is the last day this woman can be on worker's comp. We are pretty sure she will not be able to return to work. So in lieu of hiring someone from outside the facility, they have offered me her job.

Obviously it's not definite until she hears the final word regarding her condition. But as of last week her doctor said she was not able to return to work. I highly doubt she'd be miraculously cured in one week unless she was just playing the system.

I am having difficulties deciding if I should take the job or not.

The Up Side: Frankly, it'd be nice to have a steady job...one where I know the day before if I'd be working the next day or not. I do not enjoy getting called at 6 in the morning to sub...it's very difficult to make plans when you never know what your day is going to be like. I also get a pay increase which won't be a huge increase, but it'd be about $300 more a month than what I'm getting now which is much needed right now. And like I said....I enjoy seeing the residents and getting to know them and talking to them. I do NOT enjoy doing their nails...but I could suck it up.

The Down Side: There is pretty much no way that I could sub for the remainder of the year if Iaccept this full time job in the activities department. Even though I dislike being called in the morning to sub, I don't dislike working with the kids and teaching class. I'd love to be a teacher some day. I don't want it to look bad that I stopped subbing all of a sudden....especially if I try to get a teaching job in the future. But what am I supposed to do? Subbing once a week does NOTHING for my pocket book!! Even though it's great experience, I fear it may have to take a back seat for awhile until I pay off some bills and get a little bit more fiancially stable. Then maybe I'd be able to focus more on subbing and getting into a school.

I think I'll probably stop subbing and take the job with the activities department.....I just need someone to tell me that I'm doing the right thing.....I just don't want to screw up royally. *sigh* This is not an easy situation to be in....and it sucks that there wasn't a class about this in college. It could've been called: What to do when you can't find a job in your field? Or: Life Management 101 or: Good Decision Making 101

A little direction would be great, but I have no idea what to do right now.....