To transfer or not to transfer?


I've been in my current position on a geri med/surg floor for nearly 6 months, which is when we become eligible for internal transfer.

I have always wanted to be an L&D nurse and originally applied for that floor in my residency but they didn't take anyone at the time so I came here.

I actually really like my job, finally. I finally feel comfortable with what I'm doing to the point of not dreading it and being super stressed out everyday. I planned on waiting a bit to try and transfer.

But then I got a text from a friend who works L&D here who said they ahve a bunch of openings and if I apply she's sure I can transfer right at the 6 month mark.

I don't know what to do. I know L&D is my passion but I'm scared to be new and scared again. But at the same time I hate to pass up the oppurtunity because it could be a long time before it comes up again. Advice?


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Specializes in Med/surg, Tele, educator, FNP. Has 16 years experience.

I would go for it! If that's where you want to be, then by all means! Getting into a specialty like L & D is hard to do! Good luck

Ruby Vee, BSN

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Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

This is why managers hesitate to hire new grads.

You really like your job and you're comfortable where you are. I'd say stay. It takes at least a couple of years to become competent as a new nurse. Stay where you are and become competent. Pay your manager back for tacking a chance on hiring a new grad by staying long enough for her to get a return on her investment in you. In a couple of years, if you still feel L & D is your passion, go for it.