I need some advice on whether or not to keep my part time job. I am a Speech Language Pathologist, and during the day, I work full time in the school setting. It is very busy and demanding, but I honestly enjoy it. About a year and a half ago, I took a part time job at a local hospital, working some evenings and weekends, because they were short of help. I felt like it was my “duty” to help out, since I had the necessary skills they needed, and finding SLPs in our area is very difficult. I also thought that the extra income would help us pay down some bills that we had at that time.
The problem is, my life at home is so busy, with 4 children, their school activities, teaching CCD every week, being a sponsor at RCIA, bringing communion to the homebound once a month, and plus, my husband works evenings, so often the kids are home alone without either of us there. This part time job can be demanding at times, and I guess I’m just feeling overwhelmed at times. I’m trying to get rid of the “non essentials” in my life, and this part time job is one of the things on the table.
I have made a list of pros and cons of quitting the job:
Pros of quitting:
-More time at home with kids, taking care of the home, etc.
-less money (but not a lot)- bills can still be paid without this extra income
-(my biggest reason) The hospital will have a hard time replacing me. There is a severe shortage of SLPs in this area, and it will be very difficult for them to find someone who is willing to work the hours I did and have the specialized skills that I have in treating dysphagia. Do I have a moral/ethical duty to remain in a job where patients will have to have treatment delayed because of my quitting? This really bothers me.
Thank you for your prayerful and thoughtful answers.