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Is it time to look for a new job? How to begin

“We all have doors open to us all the time but often we don’t see them because we become fixated on a closed door. Or perhaps we’re afraid of what lies ahead and hold back from challenging ourselves. The next time a door opens to you, cross the threshold.” — Donna Cardillo, RN, MA

One of the great beauties of nursing is the infinite number of doors available for us to pass through, if we can only find the courage to “cross the threshold.”

How do you know when it’s time to start surveying those doors of potential? If you are experiencing any of these signs, it might mean that the time has come to look for a new job.

1. You’re getting bored

Of course there’s always something new to learn in any job, but if you find yourself feeling stunted because you have such a good handle on things that nothing feels challenging anymore, it may be a sign that it’s time to move on.

2. You’re not feeling valued

You go the extra mile, you pick up overtime, you mentor and precept new nurses with enthusiasm and without complaining. And yet, none of your efforts seem to get noticed. You deserve to work with a team who values your contributions and unique skillsets.

3. You’re losing compassion

A sure sign of burnout is a loss of compassion for the patients in your care. If you find yourself lacking empathy, judging others, and feeling resentful, it may be time to make a change.

4. You’re in an unhealthy work environment

Is staffing continually low? Does verbal abuse and bullying get overlooked? Are lunch breaks nonexistent? If your work environment hasn’t changed, in spite of your best efforts to transform the culture, a new job may be the best way to keep you in the nursing profession.

5. You’ve finally achieved that advanced degree

If you’ve completed your NP, CNS, Nurse Anesthesia degree, or doctorate, the natural course will be to look for a job that puts your education to good use.

6. It’s simply time for a change

Sometimes, there’s nothing more than a vague feeling that you’re ready to forge forward on your career path. That can be the toughest decision, because you may be hesitant to leave a job you love and wonderful coworkers behind. But you won’t regret following your instincts.

Ready for a change, but don’t know where to begin?

If any, or several, of these ring true, it might be time to begin your search. There’s no better place to start than with’s Career Guide. Sign up for a free account on Start networking, peruse job opportunities, or attend a career fair.

Additional resources

Career advice from Dear Donna

• Search jobs by state, specialty or employer

• Search career fairs in your region

You’ll be amazed at how many doors will open before you. There’s a world of opportunity awaiting.

By | 2020-06-22T15:08:26-04:00 January 19th, 2015|Categories: Archived|1 Comment

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