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How to know when it’s the right time to leave your nursing job role

Making the decision to leave a job role can be an emotional decision. Perhaps you’re ready to take the next step in your career, perhaps you don’t enjoy the working environment, or maybe you’re simply ready for a change.

Whatever your reason for job hunting is, here are some of the most common signs which will tell you when it’s the right time to leave your nursing job role.

You’re no longer professionally stimulated

When you’re ready to take the next step in your nursing career, you may find yourself slightly bored at work. Whether your job role has changed, or you’ve gone as far as you can, there is nothing worse than spending a significant proportion of your working day on autopilot. It’s not good for you, it’s not good for your colleagues and it’s certainly not good for your patients.

Whatever the reason is, boredom is the first sign that you’re not in the right job role for you.

When the grumbling takes over

We’ve all been there. We’ve all come home after a tough day and moaned about the office to our family and friends but are you starting to grumble too much? If you find yourself complaining about the work on a regular basis then that is a clear sign that all is not well.

We spend a considerable amount of time at work, so it is important that it is a place that you enjoy. A place that keeps you motivated and a job role that you’re proud to do.

You’re keeping your options open

When you have a few spare minutes, do you find yourself looking at the latest nursing job roles? Are you scouring jobs boards for new opportunities or do you find yourself updating your CV and your LinkedIn profile?

It never hurts to be aware of other career opportunities and sometimes they can fall into your lap. But if you’re looking at new jobs on a regular basis, then it sounds like it could be time to take the plunge.

You’re not sure you fit in

Regardless of what job role you work in, there will always be office politics to contend with.

You may have a professional relationship with your co-workers but when you see everyone else chatting about a shared night out, you can start to feel left out. There are a wide variety of ways in which you can resolve the situation but if you regularly feel pushed aside, then perhaps you’re not working in the right working environment for you.

You struggle to leave work-related issues at work

The biggest sign that you should consider leaving your nursing job role is when you struggle to switch off when you are at home. If you find that work-related issues are occupying your mind at home, or you’re struggling to sleep then it’s time to pursue new opportunities.

Finally, if your main thought on a Sunday evening is that you really don’t want to go to work in the morning then you are not in the right job role for you.

We offer a wide range of nursing job opportunities across the UK. If you think that you are ready to find out more about the variety of career opportunities ideally suited for your skills, then please give our trained consultants a call.
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