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'My heart lies with nursing children'

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Kicking off our new careers clinic series, our resident experts have some advice for a nurse looking for a return to her old job


I am a registered children's nurse who qualified in September last year. I got a job on a rotation which included 6 months on a neonatal unit and 6 months on children's ward. However when I started on the children's ward I had a few things going on in my personal life and felt so stressed I could not cope with a new place of work. I therefore asked to come off the rotation and go back to the neonatal unit. The relief was immense when I was granted this. As soon as I got back, however, I realised it had been a mistake and my heart lies with nursing children as I had originally believed. I am so angry with myself and was wondering what you would advise as the best way forward. I have started applying for other jobs but this has all happened fairly recently. I am worrying that I will not be able to get a job in chiildren's nursing. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Hi Dawn,

You need to assess the issues in your personal life and be assured that these are not causing you any further stress. It is important to have stability in your personal before taking on the challenge of a new environment.

You also need to consolidate your nurse training to build on your confidence. The experience in the neonatal unit is a valuable one, which you can build upon when you are ready to move into your next work environment.

When you feel you have required stability in your personal life you will be in a stronger position to seek and obtain the position you desire.

Best wishes,
Gail & Angela

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