Should I Stay or Should I Go?

  1. I am finishing my LVN/RN bridge program next week and I am really struggling with my move from here. I have been practicing for 10 years with 6 months in tele/med/surg and 9 1/2 years in pediatric home health. As crazy as it may sound, I'd like to go back to a hospital setting. To stay in peds, I have basically 2 choices in Dallas, Medical City Children's and Children's Medical Center. Both are BSN crazy and I won't have that until this time next year.

    The reason(s) I'd like to move on from phh. . . I find myself less and less stimulated and challenged professionally. (I am not saying that I know everything there is to know, I never will, but this I know well.) Getting to comfortable isn't a good thing, that's when mistakes happen. When I first started, I enjoyed the autonomy and learned a great deal by being on my own. I still enjoy the autonomy, but I miss working closely with a team (my team is based in offices 20 miles away).

    I desperately craving stimulation and challenge, but I don't want to give up working with children as I am truly passionate about it. I have applied at both Children's and Medical City and haven't heard a thing, except crickets. The only feedback I have gotten is to continue doing what I am doing and build a strong foundation of pediatric assessment skills and get vent experience. (HELLO! What do you think I have been doing five days a week for the last 9 1/2 years.) To be honest, I don't think my resume is actually being read because my resume reflects several years experience with both of those things specifically.

    My husband thinks I should just take anything, peds or not, that comes my way as he thinks I am burning out. I can assure you that I am hungry to learn new things, but I'm not burned out. Should I stay in phh until I get something from Children's or Medical City, or do I take my husband's advice and just grab the first opportunity that heads my way? Thanks in advance.


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  3. by   Prettyladie
    Not to cause a riot between you and your husband, but I think that's a terrible decision. You wil essentially hate our job. I only wanted ER when I graduated, and at all costs, so ultimately I ended up having to move outside of Dallas for a year, and now I'm coming back actually next week! So if Peds is what you want stay with it. I think you should stay, and wait until you hear back, if essentially you are ot burned out. Trust and assure, you will be burned out quicker in a specialty you don't want before you will staying with your job which essentially is evolved around pediatrics. Just my opinion.
  4. by   TheCommuter
    Have you applied at Cooks Childrens Hospital in Fort Worth, or is that too difficult of a commute for you?
  5. by   KLG2004

    Yes, I did apply at Cook's and was passed over.

    I am in no way suggesting that I am a rock star, I've got A LOT to learn and will continue to learn throughout my career, but I have been a bit surpised that I have been passed up considering I come with experience essential to being successful in pediatrics.

    I've got some soul searching to do. . .
  6. by   HouTx
    Will you have an ADN or BSN when you finish your bridge program? That will make a difference, as most of the larger organizations are hiring only BSNs in order to ramp up to the "80% BSN" goal established by both Magnet & the IOM recommendation (#4).

    What about looking at smaller or community-based hospitals that may have a department that provides pedi care? You may have to switch back and forth - caring for adult pts - if their pedi census is low, but those types of settings could provide a valuable source of acute care experience for you. After you have logged 2 years of experience as an RN, you become eligible to sit for the ANCC Pedi Certification (Pediatric Nursing Certification Eligibility Criteria - American Nurses Credentialing Center - ANCC) ... this would also be a plus that would open doors for you.