How Long Did You stay at Your First Job as a Nurse? - page 2

I will graduate in May and I am trying to get as much information as possible before I commit to any one hospital. So, how long did you stay at your first job as a nurse? If you have left, why did... Read More

  1. by   Keepstanding
    I worked a med/surge floor for 1 year immediately following nursing school. I love nursing, but the nurse/patient ratio was not good (1 nurse to 11 pts.) It was way too much for a beginner to handle. So I left and got a job as a school nurse and I have been here for 14 years. Love it a lot. :hatparty:
  2. by   dolphinRN
    I've been at the same hospital for almost 17 years, just different Med/Surg units and "desk" jobs since my foot won't hold up to the pounding I gave it on the floors anymore. Yes, this place has its ups and downs, but all facilities do.
  3. by   LPN1974
    I worked at a hospital in Long Beach, CA, for a year after I graduated.
    Then we moved out of state, my husband had itchy feet and couldn't stay in one place very long. {We are now divorced, and I've been able to stay on my current job almost 25 years, when I get in my 28 I can retire.} I wouldn't have any kind of retirment if I were still married to him. But I miss that job at that hospital. I loved it.
  4. by   mattsmom81
    My first and second jobs were 5 yrs and 7 respectively.(70's and 80's) After that, I found myself unable to stay that long, as by this time things were going south due to managed care/DRG's and I had trouble adapting to the poor working conditions I was seeing as a result. It hasn't gotten any better, unfortunately.

    I try to stay a year to avoid a bad reputation as a 'job hopper' but it is tough to stay in some of the bad places I've seen for that long.
    Last edit by mattsmom81 on Feb 2, '05
  5. by   fluffwad
    I stayed on my fist job 3 1/2 years and left for better pay / and to broaden my experience. Since then, I've noticed that I average about 3.5 years on a job.......we've moved state to state a couple of times but I've also changed jobs out of boredom, disgust with mangement / coworkers, and to get off of night shift. I've been at my current job 4 years and am waiting to see if management can pull this place back together after a recent meltdown.
  6. by   tylerlvn
    I am working at my first nursing job. I started in Aug. - I love it!
  7. by   Tweety
    Exactly one year and then moved to Florida. My boyfriend at the time moved to Florida after nine months into my job. I wanted to get the one year in before moving. So I moved to Florida chasing a man and we broke up six months later.

    I'm still at my second job over 13 years.
  8. by   BAtoLPN
    Quote from LPN 90
    I worked a med/surge floor for 1 year immediately following nursing school. I love nursing, but the nurse/patient ratio was not good (1 nurse to 11 pts.) It was way too much for a beginner to handle. So I left and got a job as a school nurse and I have been here for 14 years. Love it a lot. :hatparty:
    You are a school nurse with an LPN? How did you manage that? Where do you live? I would LOOOOVE to do that, but I thought it was almost impossible unless you were an RN, and in some cases a BSN.
  9. by   DelightRN
    I stayed at my first RN job for a measly 9 months. Luckily I didn't have a contract or a sign on bonus to repay.
  10. by   DelightRN
    Quote from mattsmom81
    I try to stay a year to avoid a bad reputation as a 'job hopper' but it is tough to stay in some of the bad places I've seen for that long.
    I stayed at one job for 5 weeks. Yes, you read that correctly. This place was so completely unsafe that I was in fear for my license every day I was there. I was so stressed that it was not uncommon for me to puke before and/or after my shift. After one particularly bad day, I handed in my badge to the nursing sup and never went back.
  11. by   careerdejour
    Quote from hargrove5
    I am working at my first nursing job. I started in Aug. - I love it!
    I just wanted to know what atera of nursing you are employed in, since you love it. Plus, in what area of Texas are you located? I am in the Houston area.
  12. by   JWRN
    I stayed at my first nursing job for 2.5 years, then left to work in the ICU at a different facility in the same town. Stayed there for 3.75 years, started graduate school in there somewhere, then decided I wanted trauma experience, so went to the university hospital (used to be called the county hospital) and stayed there 2.5 years, then graduated from MSN program and started as CNS and was there at that facility for 3.5 years and things changed at that facility for he worse (it became for-profit) so I moved to a different city and have been in my current CNS role since 11/2003 and I love it, so I hope to stay where I am at permamently...
  13. by   renerian
    6.5 years. I would have stayed except my father/grandmother were in hospice in a calander year so I could not get a leave to care for my father so I had no choice but to leave. I loved my job.

    renerian

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