How long to work in one place? - page 2

Hi AllNurses, I am hoping to get opinions on if there is any recommended amount of time to work in one facility. I have older coworkers who have worked at our hospital for 20, 30, even 40 years and... Read More

  1. by   KelRN215
  2. by   klone
    Quote from KelRN215
    I agree with this. I think it's a sign of a high achiever and a person who is willing to take risks and push themselves. Inertia is comfortable and easy.

    Although, I would say 4-5 years is better than 3, from a resume perspective.
  3. by   RNperdiem
    The trouble with the conventional idea of job switching is that it is industry specific.
    What applies in tech, does not necessarily work in nursing.
    Individual goals in life differ too.
    Inertia, comfort and ease are not always bad things. I live a very comfortable and easy life, so I have remained in a very satisfying job for almost 20 years.
  4. by   klone
    Quote from RNperdiem
    Inertia, comfort and ease are not always bad things. I live a very comfortable and easy life, so I have remained in a very satisfying job for almost 20 years.
    No, it's absolutely not a bad thing. I apologize if I gave that impression from my words. It was meant to be more a defense for switching jobs every 3-5 years - that should not be looked upon as a bad thing either.
  5. by   Dances with wool
    Stay where you are if it works for you. My staying at the same facility for 18 years turned into a huge blessing when I had to retire unexpectedly last year from MS complications. The retirement plan my employer offered now pays me a monthly check. It would be very difficult to survive without that money.
  6. by   Froggybelly
    Whatever you decide to do, keep in mind that it takes time to become vested in any company match that the hospital offers, whether it's a pension plan or 401(k) match. If you decide to move, wait until you're vested (usually 3-5 years) and put whatever you can away for retirement. Otherwise, you are literally throwing away free money. You work hard and you deserve to keep whatever you can take advantage of. Also consider returning to school if you're interested in furthering your education down the line.
  7. by   LibraNurse27
    Thanks for your reply and I definitely think the accumulated benefits are a pro for staying somewhere long term. I'm sorry to here about your complications and glad to hear you are able to get payments each month. I would think health complications seem stressful enough without the added financial stress

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