When to Stay and When to Go —Tips from a Veteran Nurse

When to Stay and When to Go

So, how do you know when it’s time to leave a job?

Besides dreading every start to your week, there might be more subtle signs that are telling you it’s time for a change. Are you feeling fulfilled at the end of the day? Or do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut and you’re just hoping for the crappy period you’re currently in will pass and you’ll finally achieve goals X, Y, and Z? Do you laugh with your co-workers? We all get content at times, especially at a job that pays decently well and comes with good of group co-workers. Maybe your job isn’t your dream job, but you tell yourself it’ll do for now.

The trouble is, being content can lead to complacency. That’s why it’s good idea to make time to regularly check in with yourself about your career happiness and goals. Consultant, author, registered nurse and health care administrator, Julie Kliger explores the process of deciding when it’s time for a fresh start.

Kilger’s definition of a “good job” is one where she not only learned a lot about disease and taking care of young patients who just got out of surgery but also learned how to talk with patients and family members in an “authentic and intimate way”. While she felt like she was making a difference she also learned some hard lessons dealing with co-workers, hospital administrators, and the dynamics of working within a team.  

When you can find that your job gives you meaning, significance and a clear sense of professional contribution to something that matters, Kilger says you have arrived at your calling. It’s no longer just a job.

Take her quick quiz to see where you fall on the scale, if it’s time to leave your job and find your calling. If you score 10 or less, Kilger encourages you to consider a change.   

Scale from 1-3. 1= no and 3 = yes.

  1.    You have more good days than bad
  2.    You laugh at least once a day with a colleague
  3.    You feel proud about one contribution every day
  4.    You feel like you make a positive impact to someone or something else
  5.    You feel respected by co-workers most days
  6.    You feel you have the right skills most days
  7.    You feel like you belong most days

Let us help you find your calling.