I'm currently working on a unit where the acuity of my patients with the low support that the RN's get....in addition to the needs of the hospital/protocols are actually kind of affecting my mental health and possibly putting my license at risk at times.
Lately I've needed to take anxiety medication to prepare for work, despite the fact that I've finished my "year". I do feel like a worse nurse now than ever before. We're very short staffed, and caring for 6 step-down ICU patients without cna assistance...has led me to having a needle stick injury, crying when i get home, and overall bugging the heck out of my family and friends! haha
I guess this is just how nursing is these days...and I haven't given up on nursing yet, because the truth is I love being a nurse, and I love my patients.
So, there is an opening on a unit (in the same hospital) that I feel will sort of...feed my little RN soul. It focuses on patient teaching and preventative care, which is right up my alley! So, I'm applying for it. My concern is...
Do I look like a "job hopper" if I switch from unit after a little more than a year, to another unit for a few months before moving? I'm planning on moving as soon as I get a job, and I don't want to appear as a "job hopper" and ruin my chances.
Is it better to stay and try to stick it out?