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by Davey Do Davey Do (Guide) Guide Expert

Davey Do has 35 years experience and works as a Behavioral Health RN.

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ruby_jane has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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I had/have a good relationship w/my NM, and I emailed her to see if there were still openings. She responded quickly to have me call her, and the rest is history.

Basically, I had me a piece of humble pie.

I think it's more common than you think. If you were a good employee, most NM are happy to have you back.

Yup. Sometimes if you're lucky they'll call you. But I have made good attempts to stay in contact when I left a job I liked and a manager I liked because you never know. Also, Davey...the grass is always greener where you water it. I don't think a lot of people get that, especially new nurses.

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Amethya has 5 years experience and works as a Certified Medical Assistant.

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I was going to leave my current job last year due to staffing issues. I didn't want to leave my job because of money issues but I wasn't happy. I was looking for jobs around my area and saw some good positions but my mother told me something that made me think, "The Devil you know is better than the Devil you don't know."

So I gave it this last year a chance, and once the year ended we got two new APs and new head nurse. Things have gotten better and I'm happier as well. I'm glad I didn't leave because, I already know my students and parents well, and while I do have some issues with some teachers, I do get along with majority of them.

The grass isn't greener on the other side, sometimes you have to look at your position and see that is better than you thought before.

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I tried to be a boomerang employee once. A few years ago I left my job. I was well liked, it paid well enough, it was interesting work and close to home. But due to me not reciprocating feelings from my older vp and therefore no longer getting any recognition or backup for my work, I left. I got a state job and it seemed like the same type of work, they offered great raises, etc. Going from my job where everyone was loud and got along to a place where you could literally hear a pin drop was agonizing to me. I went home and cried so hard about my decision that I got sick. The work is extremely dull, I'm not a fan of many of my teammates, the work is not professionally or personally rewarding and the "raises" are laughable. I re-interviewed at my old place but then my old boss hit his head and got bell's palsy and was out for awhile. My old coworkers didn't want me to get my job back, because that would stunt their movement up so it didn't pan out.

I texted my sister and had said I hate this job, should I try to get my old job back or go to another job? I can't stay here. She said don't go back to your old job, your VP was horrible to you; don't find another same type of job, you can be just as miserable there. Just go back to school and do nursing like you wanted to do. So I applied that day and I LOVE nursing school. Not the actual school part always or the working full time while doing it, but actually nursing. So I'm glad I didn't go back or go somewhere else. This place is quiet enough that I can listen to lectures and study and I get out in time for classes. I still don't like this job at all, but I only have 2 more semesters of school! There's a light at the end of the tunnel and I will never have to boomerang to this job ever again :)

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Daisy4RN has 20 years experience.

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I was a boomerang employee. It was a few years after I started my first RN job. I was just curious about other facilities that may have a better environment. I jumped directly from the frying pan into the very hot fire. Within the first 2 weeks I called my former NM and she was glad to take me back, she hadn't even turned in my resignation papers to HR yet hoping I would come back. It made me a better nurse/employee because I had more appreciation for the team I worked with and the environment (not so bad as it turned out!). I also tried to boomerang once (different place) but unfortunately I had burned that bridge, apparently some managers really don't want you to answer their questions, or give suggestions, on how to improve the working environment (imagine that!).

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Davey Do has 35 years experience and works as a Behavioral Health RN.

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Also, Davey...the grass is always greener where you water it. I don't think a lot of people get that, especially new nurses.

Words that I can identify with, ruby_jane. And it took me over half my career before I learned this.

2003: I had just been terminated from an administrative position. I was fed up with nursing. My free lance art was at its apex. Fine! I'll quit nursing and make money as an artist!

Bring in a job fair with food and drink and a $50 certificate for just filling out an application and nearly 16 years later, I'm still at the same place!

Why? Because everything fell into place. I had less energy at this job starting out than when I was fired from previous positions but I managed to have bring with me years of experience and ,dare I say, wisdom in order to act as an employee of substance. I've had to deal with some serious stuff in the past 15+ years, but have persevered because I am devoted to my work; my job.

Well, as much as a chronic malcontent flibbertigibbet can be devoted to anything.

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Davey Do has 35 years experience and works as a Behavioral Health RN.

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The nursing boss was a pig before she left, and was no better well after she returned....

I have outlived a few bosses in my nursing career, ponymom, which brings a story to mind:

My last position at Weed Rover Township Hospital (WRTH) was in CD tx where I worked with a NM who was outwardly calm and easy-going but inwardly was an insidious rabid female dog. I resigned from WRTH in 1990 primarily due to her and her ways.

Fast forward to 1998 and I'm, among many other titles, an inpatient nurse with a couple of years of seniority under my belt at Hazelnut Mental Health Clinic. Insidious rabid female dog gets hired and becomes my peer. Although I didn't care for her, I don't think I did anything to sabotage her employment, but she ended up resigning in disgust after about a year.

It was an interesting and slightly satisfying experience.

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JBudd has 38 years experience as a MSN and works as a ED nurse, community college adjunct faculty.

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Hadn't thought about it as boomeraning.... I worked an LTC for a few months because they were willing to take me on short term, I then spent the next year volunteering overseas. They hired me back when I came back, but it wasn't where I really wanted to be. The next job was in a different state, and stayed there almost 5 years (just missed that 5 year pin!) because my new husband wanted to go to seminary in yet another state. Worked there and only left because the church that called us was (much to our surprise) back home. I was going to be a SAHM, but my old boss asked me to come back at least per diem, ended up part time with bennies, and have been here for the last 26 years.

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NurseCard has 13 years experience as a ADN and works as a RN.

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My current workplace has about 5-6 nurses who leave, then come back, then

leave again, then come back again... one of those nurses, her mother works here

and she has pretty much "grown up" here... however, the last time she left it

was apparently not her choice... so she sadly may not be back again.

I've done the "boomerang" thing one time. I worked for a home health

agency and was actually fired. Not for poor patient care or anything like

that; it's actually a long story that involves me just making a really

stupid decision. My coworkers begged the "higher ups" to let me come

back; finally about four months later they invited me back. I stayed for

about eight months and then left for good.

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djh123 has 5 years experience and works as a RN at a transitional rehab facility.

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Well, as much as a chronic malcontent flibbertigibbet can be devoted to anything.

The signs were there. A classic CMF (chronic malcontent flibbertigibbet), yet I failed to diagnose!

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Davey Do has 35 years experience and works as a Behavioral Health RN.

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The signs were there. A classic CMF (chronic malcontent flibbertigibbet), yet I failed to diagnose!

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Davey Do has 35 years experience and works as a Behavioral Health RN.

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My current workplace has about 5-6 nurses who leave, then come back, then leave again, then come back again...

So basically, the HR department comes in every day to rehire the same nurses?

one of those nurses, her mother works here and she has pretty much "grown up" here... however, the last time she left it was apparently not her choice... so she sadly may not be back again.

I'm sorry to hear that, NurseCard. It sounds like the daughter has a classic case of PSUC. Permanently Severed Umbilical Cord.

I've done the "boomerang" thing one time. I worked for a home health agency and was actually fired. Not for poor patient care or anything like that; it's actually a long story that involves me just making a really stupid decision.

You know, Nursecard, a lot of members here on AN.com need to learn The Wonder Boys concept of "There's a story behind it, but it isn't very interesting".

You, on the other hand, NurseCard, need to learn the the concept of "Spill the beans!"

My coworkers begged the "higher ups" to let me come back; finally about four months later they invited me back. I stayed for about eight months and then left for good.

The late great Hank Williams said, "If a song can't be written in 20 minutes, it ain't worth writin'!"

You, NurseCard could say, "If an entire year's work history can't be put in one sentence, it don't go on the resume!"

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Thank you. I'll be here all week.

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djh123 has 5 years experience and works as a RN at a transitional rehab facility.

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Yes, yes, Davey Do ... see, part of the problem was that I got upset at something once, and I'd never heard that saying 'cut off your nose to spite your face', and before I knew it, my nose was gone, and my face was ... spited? Hahahahaha. Now, although I help others, I must carry on with NDFF...

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