I have a phone interview next week and I know the nurse recruiter will ask me the reason why I want to leave my current job. To give you a background, I graduated nursing school
in June 2011 and quit my PCT job at the hospital because of my newborn and NCLEX preparation. When my daughter turned 1 and when I passed my NCLEX in January 2012, I applied for jobs and to the previous hospital where I used to work at, but no luck at all. Finally, I applied to a LTC facility in July 2012 and got the job. Now, when there's an opening on my previous unit in the hospital which is Acute Care of the elderly unit which is still link to Geriatric nursing, I'm having a hard time to think of a reason why I want to leave my current job at LTC. I know in my heart that I would like to specialize geriatrics but I want to learn more and I know that in the hospital I will learn more about nursing. Do you guys think that if I say "the reason I'm leaving my RN position at this LTC is because of lack of opportunity to grow as a nurse." Would that be a valid reason? I don't want to make any negative remarks about my current job because it's a good place to work and I like my co-workers. i learned lots of skills from this place but I really want to get back to hospital to learn more. Please help. Thank you in advance.
Feb 18, '13
Just write something vague like "no room for advancement" on the application and you can elaborate if asked specifically in the interview.
But I'm sure HR will be able to piece it together from a casual look at your resume. Long term care is chock full of newish RNs who are just biding their time until they've racked up enough experience to land a hospital job. They see tons of RNs with your exact same story.
Last edit by BrandonLPN on Feb 18, '13