As a nurse, opportunities for growth and change are constantly at your fingertips. It’s easy to stay in your comfort zone and work as an expert within your field of nursing, but often times there are great rewards when you step into the unknown. According to a Career Builder Survey conducted in 2014, although 93% percent of nursing professionals are satisfied with being a nurse, 54% of nurses move to a new area of nursing at any point in their career. Most are hoping for a better life balance, increased pay, and different challenges. Whatever the reason, nursing is the perfect career to explore and find your perfect fit.
Many nurses can attest from personal experience or observing their coworkers, that switching departments multiple times is commonplace, sometimes because of changes in the local job market.
I always thought my forever job would be a charge nurse on a post-surgical unit. It didn’t take long to master the environment and the general expectations for each patient’s recovery journey. I enjoyed feeling confident, but I frequently thought about what other opportunities might ignite that fire within me; that same fire I felt after I first graduated nursing . . .