Turnover?

  1. I was talking with a friend that is a LPN & we started talking about her jobs and she made the comment that LPN's have very high turnover & it is normal for LPN's and RN's to just go from job to job.

    I was just somewhat shocked because I have never just went from job to job.

    Is this really normal? Cant you get in trouble just quiting job after job
    Last edit by Coloradogrl on Oct 23, '06
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  3. by   TheCommuter
    Prior to entering the field of nursing, I was never a job-hopper.

    Now that I have a nursing license, I have basically hopped from job to job. I have settled down, as I have been at my current workplace for 8 months, but it is very true that nursing facilities tend to have high turnover rates.

    40 to 100 percent of the staff turns over at U.S. nursing homes every year.
  4. by   Coloradogrl
    Quote from TheCommuter
    Prior to entering the field of nursing, I was never a job-hopper.

    Now that I have a nursing license, I have basically hopped from job to job. I have settled down, as I have been at my current workplace for 8 months, but it is very true that nursing facilities tend to have high turnover rates.

    40 to 100 percent of the staff turns over at U.S. nursing homes every year.
    Ohh Commuter I knew you would answerI just ask because I have/was(I quit to go to nursing school) I was at for years. Does companys look down on it at all? Our is it sort of expected?
  5. by   jamangel
    I have been nursing 10+ years and I have had 6 permanent jobs to not include agency gigs that take me some of everywhere.
  6. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Coloradogrl
    Does companys look down on it at all? Our is it sort of expected?
    High turnover is to be expected. Too many facilities have bad conditions, horrible staffing ratios, and hostile work environments where you don't have the support of your supervisors or nurse managers. I bounced around until I found a happy medium.
  7. by   ns lpn
    I've worked for 10+ years and I've worked at 5 different places, mind you I often work more than one job at a time (my preference)...this does not include private care I've done on my own.
    I think in nursing there are so many different areas of work you can get into that it takes a while to find the things you like and also the jobs you can endure...the jobs I've liked the best paid the least or burn out was extreamly high.
    As far as any employer having a problem with numerous jobs I would say if you get a good reference your good to go.
  8. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from Coloradogrl
    I was talking with a friend that is a LPN & we started talking about her jobs and she made the comment that LPN's have very high turnover & it is normal for LPN's and RN's to just go from job to job.

    I was just somewhat shocked because I have never just went from job to job.

    Is this really normal? Cant you get in trouble just quiting job after job
    It is also the norm to have more than one gig going on. One of the reasons why I wanted to be a practical nurse was because of the mobility. And, within a few months of being a nurse, I applied at an agency to be a flu nurse and I am loving it so far. In my hospital, it is the norm to have nurses that have several jobs. I don't see them leave that much, but yes, they have several sources of income. Most have one main job, so to speak, and several others on the side. In fact, as soon as I became a nurse, one of my friends told me that she has signed up with several agencies, because they have 'seasons and droughts' (have you ever...LOL). I did it because I don't make the money I want to make there, but since my hospital paid my way thru school, I have to give back two years. I want to add to my resume. And, in most cases, people do not add the jobs that they don't want to have their former employers questioned. I think that it is better to have more opportunities to move on, than to remain stuck in certain areas. I see the difference between how I viewed my co-workers as a patient care associate versus being an LPN because I see alot of backstabbing. Before, it was not my problem, now, it can be a potential one. I do admit that it has been peaceful for me so far, but if I have to make a run for it, they can't take away my knowledge.
  9. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    It is also the norm to have more than one gig going on.
    This is true. Most nurses that I am acquainted with have one permanent job and one PRN/per diem job. My permanent job is doing full-time weekend doubles at a nursing home and my PRN job is passing medications at a psychiatric hospital. Many of us have more than one job.....

    Variety is the spice of life.
  10. by   lindseylpn
    I was never a job-hopper before I became an lpn. The shortest time I have stayed at a job was 3 months. I've had 3 jobs in the past 3 years. The way I see it is, this is what I am going to be doing for the rest of my life and I'm not going to settle for a job I don't like. I think a lot of nurses job hop until they find the job that suites them best.

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