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Tuesday April 24, 2012
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Dear Donna,

I am 18 months into my first job on a cardiac telemetry unit. The working conditions are extremely stressful with a high staff turnover rate. I always have wanted to work in the ICU, and there are positions available. I believe I have a good chance of getting one of these positions, if I apply. However, I might need to move out of state by the end of the year. Would it be wrong for me to accept a new position knowing this, and could it hurt my chances when applying for my next job, if I do move? I don't want to be seen as a job-hopper, or hurt my chances for returning to this facility in the future.


Dear Donna replies:

Dear Torn,

If there is an ICU position available to you and you're interested in it, go for it. Life is uncertain and many things can happen between now and the end of the year. Besides, it sounds as if you're not even 100% certain you will be moving. Even if you are, you have to do what works best for you right now. No, this will not hurt your chances of getting another job. You're not looking to change employers, only specialties. Getting some critical care experience can even do you some good on the marketability front. Even if you were to change hospitals right now and then move at the end of the year, you easily can explain other circumstances required you to relocate. Americans are very mobile, and your story in not unusual. Follow your heart and go with your gut. Things have a way of working themselves out.

Best wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek’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.