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How can I maintain interest in my job when so many other nurses are leaving?

Dear Donna,

I was told that it is not a good idea to keep in touch with any nurses that leave on bad terms if I want to continue working for my current employer. How can a nurse maintain her interest in a position while so many nurses are leaving for reasons such as not being happy with the job? I was very interested in my position until I began seeing many nurses leave the company.

Losing Interest

Dear Losing Interest,

Your note is troubling for many reasons. It sounds as though you’ve been given a threat of some type if the statement was made by someone in authority at your place of employment. I also can’t help but wonder why there is more than one nurse who has left on bad terms. While it occasionally happens in some workplaces, it certainly shouldn’t be common. It is a red flag signaling that something negative is happening if so many nurses are leaving for whatever reasons. Usually high turnover indicates some deep-seated problems in the organization.

The situation you describe is distracting and disconcerting to those who remain. It is difficult to stay focused on one’s job and have any sense of support or security, not to mention satisfaction, with all that happening. However, if you’re able to do your job and find challenge and reward in it and feel you are being treated with respect and appreciation, then that is all that matters. But I don’t see how that is possible if you were indeed threatened, even if the threat was thinly veiled as advice.

Although most of us wish to avoid change and most do not feel job hunting is fun, sometimes we just have to listen to our inner wisdom or intuition and go with our gut. If it seems your job is truly disintegrating, this might be the time to start looking for your next move. At the very least, activate your professional network. Send out feelers to friends and colleagues, in a discreet way, that you may be looking for a new job. Ask them to let you know if they hear of anything. Attend career fairs and show up for local nursing association meetings even as a guest for now.  You never know where the lead, opportunity or contact will come from. You have to get your name out there.

Read “Knowing when it’s time to move on” for additional tips and advice on working through this.

Best wishes,


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By | 2021-05-07T16:31:00-04:00 August 5th, 2015|Categories: Nursing Careers and Jobs|0 Comments

About the Author:

Donna Cardillo
Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP, is president of Known as The Inspiration Nurse, she is a keynote speaker, retreat and seminar leader, and author of "Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional" and "The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career." She brings more than 25 years of clinical, management and business experience to her role as career guru.

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