I posted this is a state specific forum with no bites but am interested to see what the common practice is.
I was offered a position in a General ICU. However, the hiring manager is asking for a two year minimum contract. I am not a new grad, nor am I getting a sign on bonus. I am being told by nurse recruitment that if I leave prior to this time I will not receive a written reference but will not be penalized. Has anyone encountered this? Has anyone left prior to the two year mark and gone to a different position within their health system successfully?
I ask these questions because I despise being mandated to stay in one place. I am not a job hopper and have held employment successfully for multiple years. However, I'm afraid that I will have no recourse if I don't gel with the management/culture of the unit.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Jul 1, '13
My old job started implementing this in the ICU's. There were a lot of nurses working there because it was a top 10 hospital, so they got the ICU experience at a prestigious hospital and left for anesthesia school.
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Jul 3, '13
Is that the norm in your locale to get a "written reference?" WTH that sounds really strange to me and kindve threatening. Like if you don't stay for 2 years they are going to sabotage your career?