I had eight jobs last year, I'm tired of job hopping. Advice for this year?

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    Last year I had eight jobs as a LPN. I'm so tired of job hopping and just want to stay put. I take full responsibility and admit that I'm not good at making good decisions when it comes to employment. Here is my history from last year.
    1. LTC, held from 6-2010-6/2011. I went PRN while finishing up school, they did not contact me at all to work so therefore I resigned
    2. LTC, held from 05/2011-07/2011- Was the not the right fit, constantly overwhelmed and was given unsafe assignments, therefore I left
    3.Ped HH, 07/2011-10/2011 did not care for this at all, felt like over paid babysitter
    4. Another peds, HH From 8/2011-08/2011, case was not working for me
    5. Methadone clinic 07/2011-present PRN. Have not been asked to work
    6. School nurse agency- 07/2011- present, PRN, I'm still here and its going okay. I work for them 1-2 times a month
    7. LTC, 10/2011-11/2011, hired for parttime but then fired due to schedule conflict with school ( which I told them my avail. when I started)
    8. ALF 8/2011-9/2011, this place was a hellhole, I did not last through orientation
    *** I seriously need help. I don't know what my problem is. I feel as though I'm always so desperate and I take the first job that hires me without being one hundred percent sure. I have burnt so many bridges and I do want to change. I'm starting this year out on the wrong foot as well, but that is another post.... I'm getting my RN license soon and now I'm left with the question on whether to quit my newly secured part-time job in a methadone clinic to get clinical experience in the hospital when the opportunity arrives. I really want to work as a RN in the hospital but I can't sit around and do nothing while waiting. It could take a really long time. Ofcourse if someone offers me a RN job with full time and bennies I would be inclined to take it. This is making me so depressed. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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    Don't quit your PT job, stay where you are and gain some experience & seniority. Full time jobs in hospitals are very hard to come by, especially with no prior hospital experience. 8 jobs in one year is a gigantic red flag, I can see one or two not being a good fit but eight? Yeesh.

    edit: PT --> PRN
    Last edit by WeepingAngel on Jan 10, '12 : Reason: edit
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    If memory serves, you've posted more than one thread on your job hopping and bridge burning tendencies in the past. This leads me to ask the following question:

    Is it possible that you just hate nursing, that it isn't the career for you? Now, often on these boards, you will see a post saying "If you don't like X, Y, Z, then just get out of nursing!" This isn't that kind of post. Either you have very unrealistic expectations of a job (you expect to "love" every day when the reality is that it's called "work" for a reason), you just don't like to work period (have you been like this in other jobs?), or nursing just isn't the career for you. While you can't love every minute, you shouldn't hate every minute, either, and it seems you don't have a passion for nursing, at least the kind you have been doing.

    So: it seems you need to re-evaluate your life and figure out what you want out of it, and then figure out a plan to go get it. But you've got to be willing to stick it out and work hard to establish the kind of career you want. You are right to be concerned about your work history. If you don't get a handle on it, you will find it very hard to ever get the kind of job which is worth having. Perhaps you should see a counselor of some kind; a career counselor, a life coach, regular therapist, whatever, to help you articulate your goals, come up with a plan to achieve them, and figure out what's been holding you back so far.
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    I would just wait until you graduate and then have a "clean slate" resume and not even list all that stuff.
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    Quote from Horseshoe
    If memory serves, you've posted more than one thread on your job hopping and bridge burning tendencies in the past. This leads me to ask the following question:

    Is it possible that you just hate nursing, that it isn't the career for you? Now, often on these boards, you will see a post saying "If you don't like X, Y, Z, then just get out of nursing!" This isn't that kind of post. Either you have very unrealistic expectations of a job (you expect to "love" every day when the reality is that it's called "work" for a reason), you just don't like to work period (have you been like this in other jobs?), or nursing just isn't the career for you. While you can't love every minute, you shouldn't hate every minute, either, and it seems you don't have a passion for nursing, at least the kind you have been doing.

    So: it seems you need to re-evaluate your life and figure out what you want out of it, and then figure out a plan to go get it. But you've got to be willing to stick it out and work hard to establish the kind of career you want. You are right to be concerned about your work history. If you don't get a handle on it, you will find it very hard to ever get the kind of job which is worth having. Perhaps you should see a counselor of some kind; a career counselor, a life coach, regular therapist, whatever, to help you articulate your goals, come up with a plan to achieve them, and figure out what's been holding you back so far.
    Thank you for your response ! I plan on going to see my counselor to talk about this. You are correct, I have posted several threads about this topic. To answer your question, I do not hate nursing and do not have false expectations. I have been in nursing for going on 6 years now ( have been a CNA prior to becoming a nurse) and fully aware of the daily stresses and joys that nursing brings. I believe it was hard for me to find a job last year specifically due to my school schedule. I was completing my RN degree and my schedule change every 7 weeks. That was very difficult. I admit that I should not have accepted another peds HH job when I knew I would hate it. I really do love nursing. I can't see myself doing anything else which is why I'm so depressed with not being stable in my career. Thanks again for the replies.
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    It's been said before, but it bears repeating: "Accepting the fact that you have a problem is half the battle won".

    OP, you've admitted you have commitment issues when it comes to holding onto a job. It's not unusual; I used to be a job-hopper myself---couldn't stick with one thing any longer than a bird can stay on one telephone pole. I wanted to stay in one place, but I was always finding fault with something or other and rarely lasted more than a year, so I feel for you.

    Acknowledging your weaknesses and resolving to change are two HUGE steps in reclaiming control over your life. You can't fix it if you don't know what's wrong! The next step might be to find a life coach---a professional who specializes in helping people achieve their best life possible---and beginning the self-discovery process to learn who you are and what your passion is. It could be that nursing really is not for you; I suspect, however, that you simply haven't found your niche yet, and thus haven't been able to give yourself a good reason to "gut it out" when you have a series of bad days at work. (And we ALL have those........even in jobs which otherwise are right for us.)

    It will help when you get your RN too.......more career options will open to you and you'll have a wider variety of jobs to choose from.

    I wish you the best of luck in your ventures. Please keep us posted.
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    8 jobs in a year? What? Most people don't have half that many in a career. You're going to eventually become un-hireable if you don't get a handle on this. I hope for your sake that you figure out what your issue is, and find stable employment. Just know, though, that it's going to look to potential employers that YOU are the common (problem) denominator...not the jobs.
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    Honey, I say this with affection, but you don't listen to advice. I clearly remember your thread fairly recently about calling in sick for orientation. I said flat out not to, that it would have negative repercussions. You did, and the DON fired you before you started.

    You should know after your years as an aide that no one gives a rat's rear about anything personal - school, sick kids, that you're in traction after an MVI. No facility is going to juggle your schedule to suit your needs. Not a one.

    You need a reality check.
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    Keep the PRN job until you definitely land a hospital job. Also, you need to find and fix those underlying issues that are causing your employment problems.

    In the meantime, I agree with the others who have said: you need to have a honest talk with yourself about what the real world of nursing is like and whether it's really is the career for you. Perhaps it is the right career for you and you're just having one hell of a reality shock and aren't coping well. Or maybe you just haven't found your nursing niche yet. Or perhaps nursing really isn't for you but you don't realize it--or you do realize it but can't bring yourself to admit it--and that's what's causing you to seemingly job hop at every opportunity.

    But only you can answer these questions, not I or anyone else here. I do hope things work out for you whatever what you decide.
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    has it been 8 jobs? i remember your new job posts every other week and told myself wow she keeps job hopping and hopping!

    my advise is wait for your rn license and secure a full-time rn position and stick it out for a while. i would not even lists all those positions in your resume. just tell them you were in rn school.

    obviously these interviewers see a potential in you because they keep offering you jobs. that's a good thing! just don't be so quick to say "i quit" every time there is a problem.

    good luck!


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