Job hopper? advice?

  1. Hey, I'm always lurking here so decided to post my dilemma to see what you guys think. Sorry it's so long.
    I have been a nurse altogether for a year now. My first job I had to move to another state because finding work in my home state as a new grad nurse is almost impossible. I started on a busy med-surg floor with 5-6 patients per nurse but I absolutely hated the job! I hated my unit and also hated the new city I was living in. I was soon offered a position in a hospital in my home state and decided to take it so I can move back home, so after 7 months I left my first job. I am now working in a very busy med-surg/oncology unit with 8 to 10 patients per nurse and have been there now for 5 months and once again I absolutely hate my job. I now have realized that I hate med-surg and/or bed-side nursing. This is not for me. I thought with the first job I was just home sick and if I came back I'd be ok but now that I am working in a hospital near home, I've realized that I cannot work in med-surg. I'm so overwhelmed at work, constantly crying, I literally begin to feel sick on the days I know I have to work, I just can't deal anymore. I want to go into clinic nursing, I feel I will be more comfortable in this setting however I'm afraid of pursuing this because I'm afraid I'll look like a "job-hopper" since I've only spent a matter of months at 2 jobs within the past year. What do you guys think? Should I stick it out with my current job so it doesn't look like I bounce from job to job or should I go ahead and try applying for some clinics anyway where I'm sure I'll be happier?
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  3. by   DutchRN09
    I guess you can always apply. You might have to explain something about your work history, perhaps you can talk about the scheduling difficulities or something else neutral.
  4. by   awheat
    Start looking for something else & keep your job until you find something else. People in the industry know why nurses are leaving the Med-surg environment in droves, you just need to say, if asked, that it is not for you and you need a different environment that will allow you to perform at 100%. You may have a few "job hopper" interviews but someone, somewhere, will be happy to help you work in the capacity the Lord is leading you towards.
  5. by   nycnurse18
    Thanks for the replies! I'm going to start looking but definitely keeping my job until something comes up.