Signs That You Need to Switch Jobs - Just a Girly Nurse
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Signs That You Need to Switch Jobs

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” — Steve Jobs

Working on a surgical floor prepped me with the necessary skills you need as a nurse. It taught me so much about efficiency, respect for your coworkers and other disciplines, how to provide quality, complex care, dealing with family members, etc. Surgical nursing gave me a solid foundation of skills that I am eternally grateful for and will take with me my whole career.

However… since moving from part-time shift work on a surgical floor to full-time weekday shifts at a fertility centre, my life just feels better overall. I remember thinking to myself about a year ago, “Is this it? Is this what I busted my ass for in nursing school? This can’t be it”. I was right. That wasn’t it… for me at least.

Nursing is so versatile that I think it’s important to recognize when an area of nursing maybe isn’t for you. This takes a lot of self-reflection and willingness to make a change (which can be terrifying because, well.. change is scary!!). I went on a backpacking trip to Europe in Spring of 2018 and this gave me a lot of time to reflect. It also allowed me to realize how much better I felt outside of the job I was beginning to hate. I decided while I was on this trip that I needed to make a change when I got home. So, I did. 

Here are some signs that may indicate you need to make a change, too:

Working even a few days in a row feels impossible.

I worked part-time at my previous job, which was a blessing and a curse all at once. It made my schedule super flexible (heck, it allowed me a month off to go backpacking in Europe!); however, it lacked the consistency I needed in my life. I would sometimes work a night, have a day off and then be back in for a day shift the following day. I found this really hard on my physical and mental health.

Working a schedule like this made me not want to go to work or pick up shifts… and with being part-time, I had that option. This is then reflected on your pay cheque. If you don’t work, you don’t make money. I needed to find a job that I wanted to work at.

You dread going to work.

Oh, did I ever. I remember walking to the hospital listening to uplifting music to try and pump myself up for the day. I’m talking Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles. But, it wasn’t working. My job held such anxiety for me, which is definitely expected to some extent in most nursing jobs, but I was watching myself become an anxious person, and that isn’t me. I wasn’t getting the satisfaction I craved at the end of the day.

It’s impacting your personal life.

I would totally psych myself up (in the worst way) for work. If I was off for a couple of days, I would spend the entire day before my next shift stressing about work. This stress was so consuming that I would avoid making plans the day before and the day after my shifts. There were also many days that I would come home crying.

This became more and more frequent throughout my time working on a surgical floor, which is not the way it should be. This was a big indicator for me that I needed to try something else.

I am so happy that I found the world of fertility nursing. It has completely changed my outlook on “work” and has given me the satisfaction and stability I was craving. This is exactly what I needed to thrive as a nurse.

There is no one nursing job that is perfect for everyone. The beauty of nursing is that there are so many different areas you can work in. If one isn’t working for you, that doesn’t mean you’re a bad nurse. It just means that you should perhaps look into moving into a different sector of nursing that does work for you.


If you’re feeling how I did, I hope this post encourages you to initiate that change in your own life.


@justagirlynurse, xx