Confessions of a Job hopper - page 3

by OnlybyHisgraceRN

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My name is OnlybyhisgraceRN and I am a job hopper. Sigh. I started working at the age of 14 years old, I've had probably 20 different jobs over the past 10 years. My job history goes as follows: Age 14- Mcdonald's for a year... Read More


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    I think it is almost expected of new nurses to have to hop around a bit in order to find a "home" and "settle down." I hopped after 1.5 years to an ICU, thought it was bliss until the hospital nearly went out of business and so I moved to follow the money. Well that wasn't great but I lasted almost 3 years. Now I'm back down to 1 job instead of 2, and in an ICU that I like, that does seem to be consistently busy in a hospital that is also almost always busy. It ain't all good, but my boss is a decent person and the workload is doable. Considering that I'm in my 40's and staring at the prospect of autoimmune disease, it's a godsend of a job because it's doable even when I'm hurting, and when I'm feeling good there is usually overtime available.

    Don't be embarrassed to hop around a little. Find something you can live with and hang onto it, though. Even if it's float pool, if it's a job that suits you, count your blessings.
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    Jobs held prior to college really don't count for much. You've only held a few nursing related positions and you're 24. Now is the time to get serious about your career choices, but you're certainly not a job hopper. I've been working since I was 15 and I'm 40. I've held many jobs in 25 years, but only a select few show up on my resume, as in the relevant and related jobs, which are few.
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    I completely agree joanna73...you’re only 24 and you’re still young! Explore! And also be thankful that you have had such job experiences , somehow those jobs lets you realized what career would you really want to pursue as it lead you to the path of nursing! Just be patient because there will a lot of opportunities which will knock on your door...Good luck to you
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    Don't be so hard on yourself, it sounds like you have been searching for a job that fulfills you, and those take time to find. Plus, you're young. The good news is that you've had a taste of not only what you don't want to do, but what you do want to do. With that in mind, you can start to really focus on what makes you happy and plan out how to get there. Don't lose faith in yourself, and keep plugging along!
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    Quote from OnlybyHisgraceRN
    My name is OnlybyhisgraceRN and I am a job hopper. Sigh. I started working at the age of 14 years old, I've had probably 20 different jobs over the past 10 years. My job history goes as follows:
    I'm a job hopper... but not by choice.

    Newspaper delivery
    Pumping gas (back in the 'full-serve' days)
    Ice delivery to rich guys
    Marine avionics technician
    Mortuary retrieval technician
    Warehouse laborer
    Secretary (little did I know how beneficial it would prove to be a skilled typist)
    Research engineer
    CNC Machinist
    Park administrator
    Precision machine designer
    Technical writer
    Math and science tutor
    Process engineer
    Substitute teacher
    Manufacturing engineer
    Med-surg nurse (1 yr)
    ED nurse (2 yrs)
    ED nurse (1 yr)
    ED nurse (present job)
    Two stints on unemployment twice...

    In every case, I've left either due to being laid off, afraid of being laid off, or to step up to a new position with better pay or more responsibility.

    My newest job, hopefully, will be the one from which I retire (with an actual defined-benefit pension) in 20 years.

    There are some real benefits to having worked in so many roles, at so many places, with so many people:

    1) I've become very adept at integrating myself into existing work cultures
    2) I rarely come across 'new' personality types, either coworkers or patients
    3) I am comfortable working through that initial period of awkwardness when you don't yet know what to do, who people are, and where things are.
    4) I can often find points of commonality with my patients
    5) I can easily compare good employers with not-so-good ones...

    ...and I know how good I've presently got it and am grateful for every day that I ~get~ (not have) to go to work.
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    I too have worked like 15 jobs. No need to stress about it just don't ever include or tell your potential employer allll about it. I think (I speak for myself), I am a serial job hopper because I get seriously bored if I'm not challenged. Maybe that is you too? Try to find a job that will continuously challenge you, keep you on your toes, mentally/physically/spiritually/whateverly. Perhaps furthering your nursing education would help you explore some better areas of work.

    Good luck!
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    Quote from Wrench Party
    Sounds fine to me- high school and college jobs don't really count (I literally had 20 of those), and you had a few since
    your nursing career started a few years back. You're allowed to try things out and make mistakes- remind yourself that you
    are only 24. Most of the nurses entering the profession these days are in their 30s and 40s (at least where I live).
    I disagree. Three of my jobs have been related to health (one sitter job at a hospital and 2 PCA jobs that I currently work) and these have all been in college. I even think it is important to include Mickey D jobs to show how far the worker has come.

    If anything, an employer can look at those jobs and see a consistent work ethic, the ability to keep and maintain a job, to be responsibile as well as upwards mobility in said jobs.
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    I wouldn't feel so bad, some people like myself stay at a job for 12 years and then get so used to it they can never leave. Keep up the good work and at least at the nursing jobs you stay mostly a year! You will eventually find what you want.

    Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
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    my friend, that is nothing and this is coming from a 50 year old nurse aide.... over the past three years I have had countless of can jobs, fast food jobs, sitter/caregiver jobs, etc. but at least I have been the most stable being a can or a caregiver. but I was totally burned out of it all. jobhopper would definitely be me. you have to live with you. I get burned out so easilty but been a can/nurse aide will do it to you. so I did a totally 180 degree turn which has worked for me the past several months. I like being a can so I work one weekend night/Saturday night from 11 to seven am. being a nurse aide to keep my license. and during the week I work as a server for a restaurant in the early afternoon to early evening and a couple mornings from 6 am to 10 or 11 am working at a fast food restaurant. so I work three part-time jobs/make sure the time does not run in with the other. which does not burn me out at all except keeping my schedule straight. and the hours are long enough to keep me going but short enough so I do not burn out. when I was a nurse aide I would get crazy shifts/different halls all the time not time mention I would have to work in the dinning room/serve the food, clean up which is not what I consider part of my job as well as unplug toilets and listen to all this nonsense they preach and as for being employee of the month would always go to the same person/persons. the nurse who is a prn and comes in on a Saturday for four hours between lunch and dinner. you know the one who is an actress and will wear long earings which is a definite no/no but she will give these dumb speeches how her job is so rewarding which is a bunch of garbage because you the nurse aide do all the work and still get treated like crap and are underpaid. breaking my back because some overweight diabetic wants me to strain my back because she is to fat/lazy to start walking herself and refuses a gait belt or it does not fit her. I work with this caregiver who will not use gloves and I will always wear mine and she will leave a pile of dirty baby wipes and expect me to pick up after I got rid of my gloves and stated that is your mess if you fail to wear gloves and put it in the trash bag and expect me to pick up your contaminated mess after mine is in the trash and I wore my gloves and the gloves are in the trash your mess is on you. if you think I am going to spend more time looking for gloves after I am done with mine because you decided not to put the dirty wipes in the trash and do not wear gloves well you can pick up your own mess. you made it you clean it up.....
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    I have job hopped a lot. I can't even count the number of nursing positions I've had in the past 4 years. Number of LTCs, prisons, jails & pedi PDN. I was about to be at a job for a year when I go into an accident. I have a job now that I'm hoping I'll stay at for awhile.


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