I am wondering if it is time for me to leave my present employer. I know that I work for an awesome hospital/unit and MOST of my coworkers are awesome. The unfortunate aspect is that I don't feel like I am growing. That is not to say that I have learned everything but rather senior staff seems to have decided that I am not the one to be nurtured. I am a good nurse, a pretty good nurse. I am not the best but neither are the others. I have sought feedback from these "all powerful nurses" and none has been given. There is no mentor type person for me to utilize as a resource. After 2 years, I feel that I do not fit on the unit.
I have an opportunity to work at a really good hospital on an excellent unit in the same specialty. I know that the new facility will be more challenging physically and mentally. They are also still using paper charting. The new facility usually has 1:2 nurse-patient ratio with a tech versus 1:1-2 with no tech where I am. Money will be better and the schedule not as demanding. The new hospital is also affiliated with the school that I am attending.
I know the grass is not always greener on the other side and I may be jumping out of the pot and into the frying pan but I can't help but to wonder. Your advice and feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Apr 16, '09
Go for it! Change can be a real catalyst when you are feeling stagnant. If it doesn't work out, you can always come back providing you make a 'graceful' exit. I have re-hired many nurses over the years - sometimes after only a short time, sometimes after a few years.
Good Luck - Keep us posted on your progress.
Apr 17, '09
Sounds like a good opportunity. Unless there is another avenue in which you can grow with your current employer and in your current facility which will satisfy your soul and brain, then it may be time for you to leave. I had to do the same. I just started orientation last week. You are not alone on this one. Best wishes.
And yes, try to leave as gracefully as possible.