For most people, salary is the primary concern when seeking to make a job change. However, there are a variety of additional considerations which are equally important in ensuring long term job satisfaction. Take some time to review your needs with regard to each of the factors listed below and then devise a strategic plan so that you can focus your job search only on those opportunities most aligned to the needs you have defined.
Your Values: Carefully assess those aspects of work on which you place the greatest value. For example, do you value a team atmosphere, challenge, significant responsibility, leadership, or autonomy? Different practice areas will have more or less of these qualities so it behooves you to do some research so that you can focus your job search on those opportunities most closely aligned to your value assessment.
Burn-out: Nursing is one of the most rewarding professions one can be a part of. Nurses are vital members of the health care team and responsible for making quick decisions in often highly-sensitive environments. Unfortunately, the constant exposure to these stressful conditions often leads to nurse burn-out and retire from the profession. This combined with the low enrollment of new students in nursing programs country-wide has led to the nursing shortage currently affecting each facet of the health care delivery system.
There are certain practice areas where the stress levels are significantly reduced although one may need to accept certain concessions. For example, if you are an ER nurse accustomed to having much autonomy and responsibility and decide you wish to move into a group practice you might lose some decision-making authority, along with independence and autonomy. Review your values and decide if these trade-offs are something you can be comfortable with over the longer term.
Spend some time doing research in a variety of practice areas and arrange to speak with teams in these specialties to obtain their feedback with regard to both the pros and cons of their work ..
Work Environment: Perhaps yours is not an issue of burn out but you simply seek to work in a different type of facility. If you are hospital-based, sometimes you now seek to work in a private medical office or community clinic. Again, research is important to fully understand the duties and responsibilities of nurses in each type of facility. You will also want to consider that compensation ranges will differ in each type of setting. Finally, learn about the particular cultures in different settings and make sure they align to your work values. For example, if one of your higher values is to be in a team-oriented environment, consider joining a group or multispecialty practice. However, if you seek a leadership role, significant responsibility, and quick recognition for your efforts, a small medical office may be more in line with your goals.
Location: Perhaps at the start of your career you were willing to commute some distance away from your home because you were paid an attractive …