How many different nursing positions have you had?

  1. After talking with some nursing friends, our numbers have all varied dramatically.

    Please tell me:
    1. How long have you been a nurse?
    2. How many different UNITS have you worked for? (even if one is ortho and your next one was a ortho trauma - same kind of nursing, but different unit)
    3. How many areas have you worked in? (This is wear ortho trauma would count different than just ortho)
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  2. 72 Comments

  3. by   hope3456
    9 years - ASN. I am in my 5th job which is my longest at 2.5 years. These were all different areas.
  4. by   prnqday
    I'm ashamed to share.... but I've been a nurse for 5 years (LPN/RN) and have had about 8-10 jobs ranging from very PRN-full time. Areas included ICU/ER/LTC/School nursing/ PDN/Methadone clinic and now I'm in Post partum.
  5. by   TheCommuter
    Let's see. . .I will not have enough fingers for all the jobs I've had. I've been a nurse for 8 years. I spent the first four years as an LVN and have had my RN license since 2010.

    I have had 10 nursing jobs, but that doesn't tell the whole story. I worked at one facility for two years from 2006 to 2008, then another facility from 2008 to 2010, and I have been at my current workplace since 2010. However, I've always kept a string of PRN jobs on the side for some extra cash flow. During 2008 I had a full-time job, a part-time weekend job and a PRN job all at the same time while saving money to return to school.
    How many different UNITS have you worked for? (even if one is ortho and your next one was a ortho trauma - same kind of nursing, but different unit)
    This question is very biased toward acute care hospital nursing. I've never worked in a general acute care hospital, and therefore, have no experience with different units. I spent the first few years in LTC and have been working at a specialty rehab hospital for the past four years. Back in 2006 one of my PRN gigs was at a psychiatric hospital.
  6. by   Esme12
    Well....35 years. I have had many. I have always had 2 jobs at a time.

    I worked at one facility for 20 years and held many positions there....from step down nurse to ED nurse to ICCU/post CABG/neuro. I would go perdiem there to pursue another opportunity like cath lab or work in the inner city trauma.

    I moved to another state and in 18 years I have worked at 6 different facilities as an ED nurse, supervision, ICU, education, and management.

    units I have worked.

    Peds med-surg one year out of school

    ICU/all types except NICU/OB
    Trauma/trauma flight
    Cath lab
    ED
    management
    supervision
    IV team
    one home health patient private duty
  7. by   KRVRN
    RN, BSN for 13 years
    1 job, same hospital, same unit
    NICU
    I'm never leaving.
  8. by   sistrmoon
    I've been a nurse 7 years and have worked 2 different positions, both on Oncology floors(with med/surg overflow), both in large medical centers, in 2 different states.
  9. by   Here.I.Stand
    RN 11 yrs. 3 hospitals--2 traditional, 1 LTACH--1 SNF. So 4 facilities total.

    Hospital #1: Neuro/ENT/adult CF floor; SICU
    SNF--short term floor--rehab & hospice
    Hospital #2--LTACH--floor & ICU, occasionally assisted WOCN
    Hospital #3--SICU
  10. by   katierobin23
    RN BSN for two years, spent my first three months as a summer camp nurse. Then I moved away to get a real job, and I've been in the same unit since. Will be two years this fall. I'm planning to stay for another 2-3 years then travel
  11. by   BlueDevil, DNP
    27 years and 6 positions, total.
    5 RN positions in 21 years (M/S, ER, Trauma, SICU, Flight). Shortest time I was ever in one position was M/S, 2 years. Then 3 years in the ED, 5 years in Trauma, 8 years in SICU, 3 years in Flight. All of those were in the same units over the timespan, although after 5 years in SICU I became the unit manager. I grew to hate management, so transferred to become the unit educator after about 18 months. I did that for 18 months, but tired of it quickly. Bored with the ICU and hospital work, I decided to fly. I liked flight nursing very much, but hated 12 hour shifts, which I had never agreed to do in any other position I'd ever held. Having given up my cherry three 8 hour day shifts a week (on Tues, Wed, Thurs!) in the SICU, it was going to be impossible to get that schedule back. It was really my loathing of 12 hour shifts that propelled me to graduate school, lol.

    While I was flying I went to NP school. I worked one 12h shift a week every Tuesday, or one 8 on Tuesday and and one 8 on Thursday if I could get someone to take those extra 4 hours. No way I would ever agree to do more than a single 12 hour shift a week. Too inconveinent!

    I have had 1 NP position for the past 6 years. I am part owner of this practice. I plan to stay here another 6 years, and then I will be selling my interest and retiring.

    It has been a great career.
  12. by   Student Mom to Three
    2.5 years as an RN and I have been:
    School RN
    Consulting RN for a psychiatric assisted living
    ASC staff RN promoted to supervisor
    Endoscopy RN in outpt facility
    .....soon to move on to new position as a hospital endoscopy RN
  13. by   babaloo8
    I'm an RN x20 years. I started at a rural 17 bed/ single story hospital where I spent a significant portion of my week setting up a new clinic with an NP. Moved around about every 2 years from inpatient pedi to outpatient anything and everything that I could get oriented to. During that time, I also worked part time for the public health department as a geriatric case manager. The BEST job I ever had. Loved the mix of nursing and social work.
  14. by   joanna73
    I've been a nurse for four years, on my second job now as of two months ago. I'm a unit manager in continuing care, and my previous position was a charge nurse on nights.

    Currently, I work Mon-Friday. I actually prefer working shifts.

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