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I feel like I'm being forced to stay at a facility after it was sold. How do I get released?

Monday January 28, 2013
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Dear Donna,

I work at a dialysis center, which is owned by a large organization. The dialysis portion of the organization is being sold. I have had a job with this organization since Sept. 2012 and want to stay with them. But I feel like I'm being forced to stay at the dialysis facility. I'm becoming very bitter and need advice on how to get released.

Feels Like a Prisoner

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Feels Like a Prisoner,

I'm not quite clear on your situation based on your description. But you are not in prison, nor are you being forced to do anything. It is normal, with a split like this, for certain positions to go one-way or the other. You are free to apply to the hospital or anywhere else. If the hospital won't hire you because of the recent split, you are free to apply to a dialysis unit in another hospital or in whatever specialty you are interested in.

No one likes change, but things like this happen and will continue to happen. Life and work are constantly changing and evolving. The door is always open and you have to do what works best for you.

Start networking with other nurses and healthcare workers to let them know what you're looking for. Attend career fairs and local chapter meetings of nursing professional associations, even as a guest if not a member. Use the phone and social media to connect with others. See what events are coming up in your area at www.Nurse.com/Events/Career-fairs/.

You may find this article helpful: “Knowing when it's time to move on” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Move-On)

Best wishes,
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” 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.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.