I have been a nurse for ten years. I loved nursing school
and all the clinical areas that I was exposed to. I have a broad background in nursing, ranging from inpatient to home care, OR to the insurance industry. I've cared for NICU babies, 100 year old patients actively dying, and every dynamic and age group in between. I helped develop a palliative care program and have educated coworkers on palliative/hospice practices.
I currently work in the insurance industry, doing case management. It's challenging only because it's all about making quotas and metrics. The salary for this job is the most I have ever made, I never work weekends or holidays. And the health benefits are awesome. I pride myself on the fact that I got this job on my own merit, and did not know anyone in the industry or any "connections" on the inside. I struggled with people saying I'm "not really a nurse" since I'm doing telephonic case management and not out in the trenches. (I recently talked myself out of grad school to advance my education because if I'm going to stay in the insurance industry, it doesn't do me any good to pursue an advanced clinical degree).
A previous supervisor/mentor of mine recently reached out to me about a job opportunity for a team lead position at a local branch of a home care agency. I'm not too sure what all the exact details are (on-call, holiday requirements), but I know the salary is competitive and they have a thorough training program. The commute is way better, too with this position. I'd be getting back into clinical issues/teaching. (Let's also remember that I still have to apply/interview for this position, but I'm being very optimistic...)
My siblings and I are all nurses. There was a time where my "job-hopping" was a joke. I know that all my jobs have lead me to where I am today...I have no regrets about any of my jobs or leaving them when I did. However, this one opportunity is causing friction with me and my husband. He is of the school of thought that all the "job-hopping" is not a good thing and that I am running away from any commitment and that I should just stay where I'm at because it's good pay, a good company that will not go away anytime soon, and it's not hard work. He knows I've wanted to do clinical management/education, but says at this point in my career I should just be happy with what I have.
Is job-hopping really bad in the nursing field?