Are you feeling like it’s time to move on from your current nursing job?
Feeling fulfilled is an important aspect of your career. If your position, work environment, or team is unsatisfying it may be time for a change. Follow these steps to see if moving on is right for you.
Talk It Out
While we do not advise you discuss your consideration of moving on with your coworkers, it can be helpful to share the idea with your close friends and family. Use your support system as a sounding board to bounce ideas off of – they know you best!
Ultimately the decision to leave your job is yours and yours alone, but having others suggest benefits of moving on and any potential drawbacks can help you gain a full picture of the possibilities. You may notice yourself arguing for or against leaving your job which can help you realize where your heart is truly at, and that alone is invaluable.
Choose Your Path
Once you’ve thought through your options and have a clear idea of what you want to do, make your decision and commit to it. It can be easy to lose sight of why you’ve decided to leave your job when friendly coworkers say how much they’ll miss you or your boss offers a new benefit in hopes that you’ll stay. Leaving a job is often difficult, but that doesn’t mean it’s the wrong decision.
On the contrary, if you’re leaving your job because you’re unhappy, do not let your departure feel like a failure. No matter how adaptable you are it is unlikely that you’ll be happy in every work environment or as a member of every team – sometimes it just may not be the right fit, but that’s perfectly normal. Rather than beat yourself up for leaving instead of ‘sticking it out,’ be proud that you’re taking action to improve your life and your career.
Plan Your Next Move
If you’re feeling burnt out from your last position and are hesitant to commit to another permanent, full-time position, we recommend that you try travel nursing. Travel nurses work temporary assignments, which allows them to enjoy more time off, try new work environments, explore the country and experience being a part of a variety of teams.
You may have been unhappy in your last position because it wasn’t what you wanted, but that doesn’t mean you have a clear picture of what you do want. Travel nursing exposes you to so many different career possibilities which makes it helpful for any RN who doesn’t know exactly what they like/need from their job, but is ready to figure it out.
Leave With Grace
No matter how unhappy you are with your job, it is always important to resign without burning any bridges. In fact, it is advisable to step up and give your absolute best effort until your final day, as that will be the last impressions your supervisors have of you and making sure its a positive one can help you secure a good reference for the future.
Do not let any negative feelings drag you down in these last few weeks. Keep your chin up and remember that your next adventure is only days away! Take any lesson you can from that position and leave any resentment behind. Go into your next position with a clear head, free of any assumption that it will be the same as your last job – this is a fresh start!
If you are ready to move on from an unsatisfying job we want to help you make that dream a reality. That’s why we have a whole team of Career Consultants who are available as a free resource to any RN or LPN considering a travel nursing position. If you’d like to speak with one, fill out our contact form today (with no commitment) & they’ll be in touch!