I've been a nurse for a year and a half now and am now applying for my 4th position as a nurse. I can say that every move had its own logical explanation. I started off in ICU where I had planned on staying a year to really hone my skills in hopes of working in Labor and Delivery. I did well there and was well liked on the unit but really felt the urge to do L & D, so I moved there after a year in ICU. I was miserable from the first weeks but thought it was just adjusting to being a newbie all over again and having clashing personalities with my preceptor, who frequently undermined my confidence and devalued my nursing skills despite the fact I had worked in ICU for a year already. Halfway through my orientation I had the devastating diagnosis of unexplained infertility. That definately made it harder to be around babies and made the only joys of that unit full of bitterness. I saw an employee assistance counselor and after several sessions with her (who recommended leaving) my husband and I decided that we could handle my leaving that job and letting me find part-time work. I had started writing a novel right before leaving ICU and we decided it was the right time to pursue my dream. I would also concentrate on losing weight before trying any high-tech stuff.When I left a coworker told me she and her husband were starting a homecare agency and really needed help organizing things and getting ready to open for patients a couple days a week. I agreed to work there and found it nice to work 2-3 days a week, no weekends or holidays. They, however, were really unprepared for the time and money it takes to start such a business. Because my coworker was still working full-time, I ended up seeing all the patients. Not so bad, really, considering I really enjoyed being one-on-one in the community (I used to be a caseworker in a previous life). I have just had to leave there 5 months later after they tell me they don't have the money to pay my mileage, and I started fearing my paycheck would bounce. I learned a lot about the industry from the experience but am now looking for another part-time homecare job and am worried about how unattractive my resume now looks. Would you tell a prospective employer about a medical issue that made you decide to leave? This is not something I'd want everyone to know- in fact, I didn't tell the previous manager the entire reason for my leaving, just that it wasn't a good match. Has anyone else had such a patchy resume and what did you tell prospective employers? The longest jobs I've held before this are 2-2.5 years before I was a nurse.