Will taking time off harm my career?

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    I'm an L&D nurse with 2 years' experience. My husband and I want to move out of the area we're in, and are interested in taking 9-12 months off to travel around the country before we settle back down somewhere. Will this negatively affect my career? This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, but I want to feel confident about doing it.

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  2. 18 Comments...

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    This is a once in a lifetime thing. Do it!!!
    krisiepoo and elprup like this.
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    You have two years' under your belt already, so taking a year off probably won't cause a lot of damage. Go for it.

    If you still want to keep active, you could consider travel nursing, and take an assignment or two based on where you two are going.
    Carolina Southpaw, elprup, and poppycat like this.
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    This can easily be explained in interviews. I'd do it if given the opportunity.
    IowaKaren likes this.
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    Okay that sounds so much fun! Do it!
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    Why not look into travel nursing?
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    2 years of experience, followed by a year off will make you pretty much unemployable.
    Facilities want current experience ,you will not be viewed as current in your skills.
    Sounds like a great opportunity, to keep your skills current, a travel job could work, but those are usually 13 week commitments.
    Consider agency work to keep current.

    Good luck, keep us posted.
    KaLynRN, llg, and elprup like this.
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    I took almost a decade off from nursing to raise kids. Jumped right back in after a refresher course. Go for it!
    courtneyyyBSN and roser13 like this.
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    Only 1 year off, which includes an inter-state move = no biggie.

    Go for it and have fun!
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    The bottom line is-you are still a nurse, no matter how long you take off whether for fun, for kids, for family illness! There are times in our lives that we have to make choices. Will this possibly make it more difficult to get a job? Sure, maybe depending on the shortage vs. glut of nurses in the location that you choose to settle. Will it make it impossible? No.

    I did not expect to take a year after my son was born, but I did. I also chose to work only PT and PRN positions for years after that choosing roles and situations that were best for him and my family, not my career. Has my career suffered? In some ways, I suppose, but I will "catch up" pretty soon and I will never, ever regret the time I took. There will always be patients and hospitals and nursing jobs, but sometimes, life and choices you make now are those "once in a lifetime" opportunities. If I hadn't taken the time with him, I would be regretting it now, for he is grown and will be leaving our home before I know it! I am a better nurse and a better administrator now for having taken the time I needed. This year will fly by, but this time growing with your spouse will last your whole life and, hopefully, strengthen your relationship for a lifetime on the "rollercoaster" together! I wish you luck and safe travels!
    courtneyyyBSN, ninis, and Meriwhen like this.

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