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I successfully covered for my director while she was on leave. Now that she's back, all I am given is support tasks. Should I move on?

Wednesday June 12, 2013
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Dear Donna,

My director has worked in supervisory positions in many different areas at the hospital for more than 30 years. She does not have a degree, but in certain areas is considered the most knowledgeable person in the facility. After I successfully handled her workload while she was on a five-week sick leave, things changed dramatically. I am given filing, report writing and any other support duty she can find. It is so sad because there are many skills I can bring to this area, but they are not being used because she is so insecure. I have tried speaking to her and have gone to our director with a request for a change in the workflow. How long do I wait before I am recognized for what I bring to this position? My gut tells me it will never happen, and I need to move on. I am in my 50s and not getting any younger.

Waiting for Recognition

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Waiting for Recognition,

While we all wish to be acknowledged for our experience and work, it doesn't always happen where, when and how we would like it to. This is the nature of the workplace. Sometimes you have to move on to find the opportunities you seek. Waiting for the desired outcome doesn't sound like a solution in this case.

Regardless of the reasons this is happening, your gut is telling you what you need to do. None of us likes change, and it is very scary to get out into the job market again, especially when you’re older than 50. But believe me, many people in your age group and older are making successful transitions. In fact, now may be the perfect time. Read “Knowing when it's time to move on” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Move-On).

Take the advice in the article and do a self-assessment, have business cards made, update your resume, find a great business suit and activate your network. Networking is the most effective way to find a job. You need to attend career fairs, professional association meetings, conferences, seminars and conventions. You never know from where the idea, spark, contact, opportunity or lead will come.

Best wishes,

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.