I have worked in various capacities as a hospice nurse for two different companies in the past three years. When the hours became full-time instead of part-time at my most recent hospice job, I resigned, due to obligations to extended family members that would have made working full-time days virtually an impossibility, and because there weren't any other openings at the time in our small hospice department. I did study for and pass the CHPN exam towards the end of my time in this position, so I am officially a CHPN. Instead of looking for another part-time hospice job, though, which is what I should have done, I felt that I needed to stay with the same hospital system or it would look bad to potential employers that I only worked for them for a year, so I impulsively took a full-time Med/Surg nights position with the same company.
Now it is almost three months later, and I am off work with an exacerbation of an old cervical disc injury that I never, ever had any trouble with when I worked hospice, and I am kicking myself for not just trying to secure another hospice job instead.
Since it appears that I am no longer a candidate for the physical demands of being a Med/Surg nurse (I will be fifty in a couple of birthdays, as well), I decided to go ahead and try to find a hospice job anyway, and applied to a few online this past Friday, so of course, being the weekend, I haven't heard anything back yet.
Here is my question: Do you think that the fact that I have a few years of hospice experience and my CHPN certification will be important enough for the potential employers to overlook the fact that I have only been at this Med/Surg position for a few months (although I have worked for the employer for almost a year and a half), or will I look like a big quitter? I don't believe in lying, so if they asked, I would just tell them the truth, namely that I realized that a.), I should have stayed in hospice nursing, since it is my first love and I am certified in it but was trying to stay with the same company for the longevity factor, and b.) I can no longer meet the physical demands of full-time Med/Surg nursing, which I couldn't have known until I tried it. Both of these are true, so I wouldn't be lying, I'm just not sure if my experience and CHPN cert would be enough to get them to overlook my short and unsuccessful tenure in the Med/Surg position, or if these reasons for giving it up already sound totally lame. (I do have several years of solid Med/Surg nursing experience from when I was younger and more physically sound, so at least it won't look like I was taking a REALLY impulsive leap into the unknown, I hope).
What would you think if you were looking to hire a part-time hospice RN and I applied, based on the above information?
Thanks in advance!
Last edit by westieluv on Aug 19, '12