I have worked in various specialties in the same hospital for more than 20 years. If I were to take a job outside of the hospital in home care or hospice how easy would it be for me to get hired again in the hospital if I want to return at some future date? My friends are telling me that once you leave for any length of time you cant come back.
Thinking of Leaving the Hospital
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Thinking of Leaving the Hospital,
It all depends on how the hospital job market is for nurses when and if you decide to return and whether there is an oversupply or undersupply of nurses with current hospital experience at the time. Right now, many hospitals are only hiring nurses with hospital experience within the last 6 – 12 months. However, every employer is different and a hospital where you worked might be more inclined to rehire you after an even longer absence. But that can change at any time as the job market shifts, the nursing workforce changes and other factors. You should not let that keep you from pursuing any specialty you are interested in now.
The truth is, there are no guarantees either way. You could stay at your current place of employment and get laid off down the road if your facility/department closes or downsizes. So there is no job security anywhere. Your best bet is always to follow your heart, your instincts, your interests and the opportunities. The rest will work itself out. Keep in mind that without change there is no growth. If youre not growing, youre stagnating.
You may find this article helpful in getting a better view of the big picture: Nursing – A new paradigm (www.nurse.com/Cardillo/Nursing-A-New-Paradigm).