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Job Flip-Flopping: When Will I Find My Place?

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by tinyRN72 tinyRN72, BSN (Member) Nurse

tinyRN72 has 6 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Cardiovascular Stepdown.

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This is just a short story about how my career has gone so far. I have a hard time staying in one place; I constantly chase the perfect position and sometimes, I feel like I just can't be happy with anything. You are reading page 2 of Job Flip-Flopping: When Will I Find My Place?. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

morelostthanfound has 27 years experience as a BSN and specializes in CVOR, General/Trauma Surgery.

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I'm a member of this club too 🙂.  I've been a nurse almost 28 years and have 'job hopped' probably more than most career nurses, in pretty much the same time span as the OP and momoneypls, RN.  In retrospect, I'm not sure if was chronic dissatisfaction or burnout, but I've unashamedly changed jobs and specialties for better/different hours, more $, less stress, less call....  Job hopping used to be a scarlet letter for nurses, but I find it today to be fairly common and without the stigma it once held.  Good luck in you endeavors tiny, RN72 and have no shame!

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myoglobin has 11 years experience as a ASN, BSN, MSN and specializes in ICU, trauma, neuro.

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To me it sounds like the travel nursing offers the best combination of pay, and work-life. Perhaps, this could be made even better by working as a travel nurse in a higher paying state like California.  Perhaps, you could work three, three month contracts per year and make as much as regular job and then take three months off back "at home".  Perhaps, as a travel nurse if you upgraded the camper/RV to a somewhat bigger model this would help in that you would have more space and better living conditions.  

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FolksBtrippin is a BSN, RN and specializes in Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Public Health.

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There are a lot of nursing jobs out there, but a lot of them suck.

That's why so many nurses job hop.

At least we're not broke and unemployed though.

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Hoosier_RN has 20 years experience as a MSN and specializes in LTC, home health, hospice, ICU, ER, dialysis.

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1 hour ago, FolksBtrippin said:

There are a lot of nursing jobs out there, but a lot of them suck.

That's why so many nurses job hop.

At least we're not broke and unemployed though.

Yep, in 20+ years, I've done a little of everything except surgery, pre and post OP, mom-n-baby related, or psych. They are all stressful on one level or another. If the pay is excellent (in comparison to CoL), then it usually sucks the soul out of you quickly. Lower pay takes its sweet time. I love what I do, but some days will stress you to the max!

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tinyRN72 has 6 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Cardiovascular Stepdown.

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Well, with the current job offer, I asked for ER, ICU, and dialysis.... They would not train me for any. 

I applied for a CM job with Humana, but after getting a computerized text prescreening, I have not pursued further. The hours are aweful... And seriously - a computer texting me questions? Ugh

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Maybe you should try to get your business moving better.

Some people need change more than other people do.  Nothing wrong with that.

Stop letting the HH people rope you into working such long hours.  Were you hired for full time (40 hours)?  If so, work the 40 and do not take work home, do not be available for anything but 40 hours.  They will abuse you as much as you let them. Put your tiny foot down.  

Best wishes. 

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5 minutes ago, Kooky Korky said:

Maybe you should try to get your business moving better.

Some people need change more than other people do.  Nothing wrong with that.

Stop letting the HH people rope you into working such long hours.  Were you hired for full time (40 hours)?  If so, work the 40 and do not take work home, do not be available for anything but 40 hours.  They will abuse you as much as you let them. Put your tiny foot down.  

Best wishes. 

I worked home health for some time but didn't like it due to all of the driving and the fact that in order to get paid, you had to work over time. If the work didn't get finished, you would not get paid. She may have to walk away from this job.

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12 minutes ago, Workitinurfava said:

I worked home health for some time but didn't like it due to all of the driving and the fact that in order to get paid, you had to work over time. If the work didn't get finished, you would not get paid. She may have to walk away from this job.

Why could you not have a visit that included time for the actual care of the pt and doing the necessary paperwork?  

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What about hospice nursing? I’m not sure if its going to be the same idea as home health but maybe the hospice agencies near you would be better employers?

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tinyRN72 has 6 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Cardiovascular Stepdown.

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7 hours ago, Kooky Korky said:

Maybe you should try to get your business moving better.

Some people need change more than other people do.  Nothing wrong with that.

Stop letting the HH people rope you into working such long hours.  Were you hired for full time (40 hours)?  If so, work the 40 and do not take work home, do not be available for anything but 40 hours.  They will abuse you as much as you let them. Put your tiny foot down.  

Best wishes. 

HH doesn't work that way unfortunately. I am paid by the visit and things have to be done. If I have time to call MDs between visits then it have to do it at the end of the day. Some days are light and I can, but others not. Also reviewing charts has to be done sometime before the visit... So before starting or the night before. This is just the nature of the beast and the only way to reduce it is see less people, which equals less pay, which isn't an option. 

More time to get my business going is the reason for returning to hospital work. 

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tinyRN72 has 6 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Cardiovascular Stepdown.

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7 hours ago, Kooky Korky said:

Why could you not have a visit that included time for the actual care of the pt and doing the necessary paperwork?  

Yes, you can plan your day that way if you want.... But for an admit you would be there for 2 hours. Then your day in the field is just longer. I do document as much as I can in the home, but if I have too many patients, it isn't practical. Sometimes you choose to do it at home where you want be interrupted as much.   Most times there just isn't time to spend so much time at one home. 

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Hey would just like say I don't think your alone in this! I too have bounced a bit throughout my nursing career too. I have come to the conclusion though that having all of these varies backgrounds.....just makes me a more well rounded nurse. When in discharging a patient from acute care to home , I have a better idea of how home health care is going to look ....cause I know! When a patient needs upgraded to icu I know how that is going to look for a patient and family cause I have worked ICU/CCU as well.  I know my patients and families appreciate my broad experiences and in the end that's what matters to me the most. Also this is a WONDERFUL perk of being a RN there are so many opportunities for experiences! Frankly I don't think it has hurt my job opportunities either.When I interview I express gratitude and confidence and no apologies for my varied experience.  At 58 I have learned to embrace them! 

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