Clinical DIMENSIONA Personal Reflection The Difficult Decision to Leave Critical Care NursingAldridge, Michael D. MSN, RN, CNS, CNEAuthor Information Michael D. Aldridge, MSN, RN, CNS, CNE, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Concordia University Texas, where he teaches pediatric nursing. He worked in pediatric critical care nursing for 11 years and now teaches full time and maintains his clinical practice in a pediatric dialysis clinic. He is also a doctoral student at The University of Northern Colorado School of Nursing. Mr Aldridge also serves as a reviewer of manuscripts for Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing. The author has disclosed that he has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Michael D. Aldridge, MSN, RN, CNS, CNE, Concordia University Texas, 11400 Concordia University Dr, Austin, TX 78726 ([email protected]). Editor’s Note: Authors are encouraged to write about their experiences, feelings, or opinions on a wide array of topics of interest to critical care nurses. These reflections can be published anonymously if so desired by the author. For more information, contact the editor at [email protected]. Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: November/December 2012 - Volume 31 - Issue 6 - p 330-335 doi: 10.1097/DCC.0b013e31826bc78c Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief At some point in their careers, all critical care nurses will decide that it is time for them to leave critical care nursing. Whether this decision happens because of role change, retirement, or burnout, the decision can be a difficult one. This article explains my decision to leave the pediatric critical care unit and explores some of the reasons nurses leave critical care. At some point in all careers, all critical care nurses will have to decide when it is time to go. This article explains the author’s decision to leave pediatric critical care and explores some of the reasons. © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.