Dear Nurse Beth,
I need some career advice concerning whether I may be hired again for a job in the speciality I have worked in for almost 2 years. I have always been interested in Maternal Child nursing. Received my Nursing License in March 2016 and shortly after that in April I received a job offer for pediatric ER position, only working there for 3 months decided it wasn't the best for me as new graduate RN. I then job searched for 8 months and finally got a position in the specialty I wanted to get into Mother baby and was cross-trained a few months after to the Level 2E Special Care Nursery I worked there for about a year and a half. Enjoyed my job and my coworkers were like family. Loved the teaching aspect and the support you give new mothers and their families. Always willing to work extra almost anytime my manager or charge nurses would ask me. I was very reliable and committed to the position.
A month or so before I left I applied for Level III NICU position, which at this time thought I was ready to the higher acuity setting. I worked there for 4 months throughout the time I was working there I didn't feel like my normal self and was anxious every time I would go into work.
I kind of jumped at the opportunity when I got the offer, wish I gave myself time to decide if it was the right decision to make at this point in career. Especially leaving my first RN job very early and again with my most recent position. I have been unemployed now for a little over 2 months.
My question is how can I show to my future interviewers and hiring managers that I am really reliable and would be committed to the position? My resume at this point doesn't describe as a reliable person more of a job hopper. I honestly wish I thought more about my decision to change positions. Especially since I was very comfortable in the Mother Baby and Special Care Nursery setting I was previously working in.
Thank you in advance
So to recap, you:
This is how a hiring manager will evaluate your work history. The strength in your resume is your 1.5 years in Special Care Nursery.
Cast a broad net and don't limit your search to NICU. Right now it's more important to land a job than to land the perfect job.
Activate your network, and let everyone you know that you are looking for a job. Consider going back to the Special Care Nursery if you left on good terms.
Join a nursing organization and attend meetings to network and learn of opportunities.
I'm sure it goes without saying, and I'm sorry you are learning the hard way- never quit a job until you have secured your next job. It is easier to get hired when you are working than when you are unemployed.