How Many Nursing Jobs Have You Had???

  1. I have been in the business almost 20 Yrs. and have had about 10 -12 different jobs!! I still haven't found My niche either as I have heard several others claim. Is this common among nurses, do we change jobs often? I'd love to hear from others to see if it's just me or a symptom of the profession.
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  3. by   prmenrs
    ok, here's the run down:
    7-68 to 4-69--surgical floor
    4-69 to 11-69--CCU
    11-69 to 4-71-CT/SICU
    4-71 to 11-73-NICU
    11-73 to 4-80-Infection control
    4-80 to 5-83 night supervisor
    7-83 to present NICU

    I never bothered to change hospitals, just what I was doing in the same hospital!!

    So...7 places in 33 years.
  4. by   RNforLongTime
    Well, I have been an RN for 4 years now and have had 4 different jobs--2 within the same hospital

    8/97-3/98--part time in a LTC facility

    12/97-5/99--FT at SNU based unit within hospital

    6/99-12/00--Med/surg floor in hospital-(GYN/URO/Neph)

    12/00 to present--medical telemetry/respiratory unit

    I like my current job as the hospital that I now work for has a union representing the nurses. Pay is decent, close to home. But I still do not think that I have found my "niche" in nursing--I like cardiac--there is still soo much that I do not know--but I am also interested in Labor/delivery/post-partum and Critical care.

    So who knows what will be next?
  5. by   CEN35
    5 years in the same ER? But one of those years as a manager.


    Last edit by CEN35 on Sep 6, '01
  6. by   Ted
    1992-1998: Hematology/oncology/BMT

    09/1998 - 2/1999: MICU

    2/1999 - 10/1999: Briefly held a non-nursing position for the New York State Commission of Quality Care for the Mentally Disabled. I was an "investigator" for child and adult abuse/neglect in the mentally disabled population. (I took the job because it was a 9-5; weekends and holidays off type of job). Found out I'm not an investigator.

    10/1999 to present: CCU/ICU for a very small hospital. One of the nicest jobs I ever had!! Hope the hospital is still around in a year or two . . . but that's another topic for another thread.

    Ted Fiebke
  7. by   Enright
    Great topic. Before I was an RN, I had the same job for 8 years. After I became an RN,. the job hopping began. In 16 years I've had 10 jobs. Some overlapped, some were extremely short term
    ( you get there and day 1 you know you are screwed, wait 2 weeks to at least get a check...). Longest job was 6 years. I'm in my current job 2+ years and I love it so it may be the keeper through to retirement.
  8. by   leesonlpn
    Well - 1980 I graduated and worked extended care. Learned humility, team work, respect for the elderly. Then we got transferred and I worked at a small hospital in Sechelt BC on the coast of British Columbia. I worked med/surg/mat/ward clerk/ and became a sterile supply technician thanks to the hospital, as they paid for the course. Then we transferred to a small island that had no hospital and I worked part-time in a little library and a little convenience store. Then we got transferred and I worked in Fort Nelson, way up in northern BC (we had the most northern elevator (in the hospital) the most northern golf course, and one of the largest chopstick factories in North America. Anyway at that hospital I worked CSD (All by myself - it was wonderful) and worked casual LPN on the floor. As we were on the Alaskan HWY we had lots of mva's with moose, and x-rayed the odd bear.Now I am in the okanagan in British columbia where I work med/csu. And I'm still having fun fun fun til they take my nursing license away!!!!!!!!
    It is better to live life like there is a god, and to find out when you die there isn't, than to live life like there isn't a god, and to find out when you die, there is.
  9. by   PhantomRN
    5 jobs in 4 years.
    Med/surg- 6 weeks (crummy place), 1 yr med/surg, then another yr Med/surg different hospital, telemery for a 1 1/2, Now in CCU
  10. by   aimeee
    Just a few months shy of 5 years in a LTC facility, then started Hospice work 4 months ago.
  11. by   fiestynurse
    This is a good post! It has always been my belief that job hopping was not a good thing, because future employers will look negatively upon that. But, I am finding that job hopping is common place these days and not just in nursing. I have also realized that you can hinder your career sometimes by staying in a job or with a certain organization too long.
    I have been observing people, who are at the top of their careers and it seems that they worked their way up the ladder by changing jobs on the average of every 2 years. It's a judgement call, whether to seek advancement in the present organization or whether to move on. Educational development and opportunities for advancement are key to retention of good employees.
    With all the cut-backs in healthcare, I think many clinical ladder programs and educational benefits for nurses have fallen by the wayside. This has been a factor in decreased job satisfaction among nurses.

    I still have these questions:

    1)How long should you stay in a job, in order to look respectable and professional?

    2)Do gaps in employment look bad to prospective employers?
  12. by   ACNORN

    I have been in nursing management positions since 1989 and I can say with confidence that I and my HR/Nursing Mgmt colleagues have always put applicants with job hopping behaviors at the bottom of the pile. Some apps. I've thrown away.

    On the other hand, I've received my promotions by changing jobs every so often. I usually try to stay in a position at least 3 years or more.

    Sadly, most of the applications I receive these days show lengths of employment of a few months to maybe a year or so. I think it is a combination of value changes in younger generations and the general lack of loyalty/trust between employers and employees.