Quote from Fizics316
Is there an unspoken rule against hiring nurses still on their 1st year? Some coworkers have given me this impression. I know that 1 year of exp is your ticket to ride for most nursing jobs, I just don't see much benefit to staying any longer than needed in a place I'm not happy.
No, there's no unspoken rule. I think the rule is pretty well communicated. It's communicated on this forum, by your coworkers, by HR, by the hiring manager -- when someone is hired, the expectation is that they will stay long enough to add some value to the unit. A nurse in the first year is just learning to be a nurse; you still require mentoring and back-up and you're not yet in a position to mentor someone. You've been a nurse for about eight months, and I presume that you were on orientation for several weeks or even several months. You haven't learned enough to function competently and independently in your role. Confidence takes about a year, competence takes about two years.
The first year of nursing is miserable for most folks, and very few are happy in their first job before that one year mark. Stay where you are for at least a year, then see what you actually like and don't like about your job.
You may find someone that will hire you without that full year of experience, but switching jobs before you become competent will slow down your process of becoming competent. Nurses who switch jobs several times in a few years don't gain a few years of experience; they gain months of experience several times.
Being happy isn't in getting what you want; being happy is in wanting what you get.