Would you be content if you worked your current job/specialty for the rest of your career?


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Ruby Vee, BSN

67 Articles; 14,023 Posts

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.
Lately, I've been trying to decide what my next move in nursing should be. I have worked in a rehab/LTC facility for a year now, and am still not content with where I am. I honestly cannot say that I would be content being a rehab/LTC nurse for the rest of my career, as I still constantly look at other jobs and have a desire to be a different kind of nurse. I still cannot say that I'm proud of my job or what I have done. So, for me, I'll be moving on eventually.

How about you? Are you content where you are, or is there something else you would rather do or try?

Most days, I'm very happy where I am -- a very specialized ICU in one of the nation's top hospitals. I'm proud of where I work, and my job is interesting, challenging and satisfying.


223 Posts

Specializes in Cardiothoracic, Peds CVICU. Has 1 years experience.

I started off on an adult tele stepdown with no intent on going into any other field. The only problem was that my family needed me to move closer to them so I began applying to hospitals in that area. I applied to the peds CVICU at a well known hospital thinking that there was no way I'd get hired, let alone an interview. Well I was invited to interview and shadow. I fell in love! I just had my 1st shift last night and am so overwhelmed but would not want to be ahywhere else! I would advise you to shadow in areas you are interested in to get a feel for what you like.

Specializes in medical surgical. Has 5 years experience.

Yes, I am staying in my current position (hopefully) for the remainder of my career. I LOVED med surg but

am older now so went back and worked on my NP. While it is stressful, it is less physical. However, I loved

the fast pace of the med surg floor. Although over time it did give me joint and low back pain.

Specializes in Med-surg, telemetry, oncology, rehab, LTC, ALF. Has 7 years experience.

I do not want to stay in short term rehab/LTC forever, however, it fits for now. I would eventually like to go back to acute care, preferably step-down/PCU or ICU.

Specializes in PhD in mental health nursing.

Hi I love Psych too. I am working as a nurse educator and feel as though this is the best job in the world. I am currently working on a PhD on mental health nurses who are mothers of adult children diagnosed with schizophrenia. Mental Health Nurses as Mothers – “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” — Maya Angelou

Its a fascinating topic and linked with my own lived experience. Its very fulfilling to know that I can contribute to future education and possibly policies as a result. Yes I can do this job forever. Debi

Specializes in Med Surg. Has 8 years experience.

No! Change of scenery sorely needed after a few years.

Specializes in Education.


I'm currently working med-surg/tele. The physical demands on my body are almost as discouraging to my staying there as is the fact that I am literally not allowed to use all my knowledge and skills. I'm giving myself three years, at the outside, before I try to transfer.