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Job hopper wants to return to old position!!


Has 14 years experience.

Alright, I'll admit it. I'm a freaking job hopper. 3 jobs in almost 3 years. Now, I am stuck in a really cruddy job situation and I know I did it to myself. Long story short, I got my dream job as a new grad (L&D) but I go jealous of all of the 'cool' things my other friends always said they'd see at work and decided to branch out after a year. I wanted to do critical care so I went to cardiac med/surg for a year, then to a trauma ICU. I have been in the ICU almost a year and man, do I HATE IT. I'm not kidding, all I want is to return to L&D. It has been all that I think about since I left.

Funny enough, my old L&D floor has a job posted. I applied and emailed my old manager who said that she was happy that I was interested and recruitment would be in contact. That was a month ago. I emailed recruitment today and they said that they are interviewing for the position now but are still reviewing applications as well. They stated that they will contact me via phone if there is interest. I'm not hopeful.

I don't really know if there is a question here as much as it is me venting. I am so burnt out at my current job. I'm exhausted, depressed, apathetic, and I think about just never going back all the time. I'm in a horrendous rut. I have branched out and see things, now I'm sure that L&D is where I want to be. I also know that it likely won't happen and I have no one to blame but myself. Ugh. Any advice or kind words? I can't keep going back to my current job but I don't know what to do.

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

This particular job may not happen, but you may be able to get interest elsewhere, particularly if you are willing to work nights or start PRN and then transition to a FT opening when you have proven yourself.

I would recommend being transparent about your journey and your desire to "come home".