Published Jul 9, 2009
For all those new grads who are still looking, hang in there. I started applying shortly before graduation, and continued to do so for three months after. I got one call for an interview, and one interview on the spot. I took a job after looking for three months. It was not my first choice, but I am so thankful just to have a job. I am working LTC, but I have very little contact with the residents, no charting, very little assessing. What I love most about nursing is patient care. I have made it through orientation. My question is this, is it common to continue to look for another job that fits your calling. I am not a job hopper. Prior to nursing school, I worked at my last job for 10 years. What are your thoughts on this? Thanks for your input;)
CrufflerJJ, BSN, RN, EMT-P
If your new job has "very little contact with the residents, no charting, very little assessing", that sounds a bit scary. If you're into patient care, I'd wonder if your current job is the best fit for you.
Don't feel guilty about leaving a job that doesn't meet your needs/desires (as long as you have a second job to go to). The word "loyalty" shouldn't be part of your vocabulary, given the business climate at most employers. I'd be inclined to stay for a year, learn whatever I can, then move on to a second job that's a better fit.
Thanks, so much. To be honest, I am hoping that I can find something different in less than a year. This would be the perfect job for someone who had been in nursing for awhile and was looking for a change of pace, or something different. I am going to keep looking, yet remain thankful for a job. I am going to make the most of it and look for opportunties to learn. I really appreciate your input!
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