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What to Do If You’re Unhappy in Your Nursing Job

Sep 2, 2020 12:17:00 PM / by Amanda Verdin

It happens. You accept and begin a nursing job that wasn’t exactly as expected. Maybe you’re not a huge fan of the facility, their systems, the pay or the people you work with or under. A number of reasons can affect your happiness at a job. Even several small aspects can add up and are enough to make you unhappy.

You’re not alone. Here’s what to do when you’re not 100 percent content in your current nursing job.

Don’t feel like you’re stuck

If your current job is not all that it was cracked up to be, you’re not stuck. There are lots of great opportunities out there. Definitely begin your search for bigger and brighter things, but don’t phone in on your current position.

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For the time being, go about your duties as you normally would and to the best of your abilities. Try to have a smile on your face and know that you will not be working this job forever. Be sure not to burn any bridges with coworkers as you never know who you may work with or need a referral from in the future. And remember, at the end of the day, the patients are the most important thing and they deserve the best care at all times. 

Focus on the good

Consider changing your attitude about your job. Remember: no nursing job is going to be perfect. Focus on the things you do like about your work. Think of all the patients you help every single shift. Your work is meaningful, important and worthwhile. Remember why you became a nurse in the first place. Take small steps to increase your job happiness like making a new friend at work, or bonding with a patient over shared interests. Make it a goal to put a smile on each patients face to help them during a difficult time. Making a patient’s day happier and better is sure to warm your heart.

You may not love your job, and that’s OK. But take advantage of it while you’re there. Take note of what aspects you don’t like and make sure they are a necessity at your next role. You’re growing your resume and gaining valuable experience, so use this time to prepare for your next great job.

Consider per diem work

Nurses who crave variety and change often turn to per diem work. There is no shortage of per diem jobs offered by reputable agencies.

Per diem work is a great opportunity to “try before you buy.” This means you can sample different assignments to get a feel of what you want and need in future permanent work. And, per diem work is one of the most versatile ways to nurse. If you get bored easily and seek flexibility and new environments, definitely consider this route.

If you’re currently completing a per diem assignment and it’s just not the right fit, one big advantage of per diem work is the fact that it will be over soon. Your next opportunity is right around the corner and you can begin searching immediately. And if you’re being put on assignments by an agency that are not good matches, consider working with a different recruiter. You’re in control of your career, so don’t be afraid to try new things like per diem work.

Speak with a recruiter

If you need help or guidance relating to your career, consider speaking with a nursing recruiter. They are there to help you with your job must-haves and needs, and will take note of your short- and long-term career goals.

There are a lot of agencies and recruiters out there. Find one who will take the time to get to know you and your interests. There is no perfect job, but you can get close to finding it with a great recruiter.

General Healthcare Resources’ recruiters are career matchmakers and have your best interests in mind. If it is time for a change, give speaking to a recruiter a chance to see what they can do for you. Learn more about GHR here or give us a call at 800.879.4471.

Topics: Nursing, Career Advice, Per Diem, Stress, Leaving Job

Amanda Verdin

Written by Amanda Verdin

Amanda Verdin is the Social Media & Content Manager for GHR Healthcare. She holds a Master of Mass Communication from the University of South Carolina.