Med/Surge/Tele to ER

  1. I'm currently a new grad nurse working on Med/Surge/tele for the past 5 months. This hospital is a community hospital in a low income neighborhood where heroine use and homeless people are prevalent. I am getting tremendous experience and I'm very thankful to have a job but I fear for my safety daily as I deal with criminals, gang members, etc. I call a code gray almost every time I work and we have very scarce resources. (Lack of security, no leadership etc) Recently this hospital has been losing a lot of money so they have been doing some illegal stuff to make more money (creating a floor for one race, only hiring people of that race, discrimination etc) and I have also not been receiving my full time hours as they have hired 3 more groups of new grads after me. I have never received a full paycheck, as I have been cancelled every other week for the past 5 months.

    So I started applying for other places, and I received an interview at a magnet hospital in the emergency department and was offered the job. As long as I pass an EKG test and get 5 referrals.

    I've read everywhere that it looks bad to leave a hospital if you haven't completed your one year. And I know its something that doesn't look good on your resume.

    Am I making a huge mistake by leaving this hospital and accepting this ER job? ER has always been my passion
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   Euro_Sepsis
    If you've literally been offered the job, there isn't anything to worry about except passing the test and getting your references. Unless you're a whiz with rhythms, study like your life depends on it (apparently it might.... lol) and never look back.
  4. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from Euro_Sepsis
    study like your life depends on it (apparently it might.... lol)
    This made me LOL, for real. And it's sad that it's reality!

    OP, get the heck out of there, pronto.
  5. by   JKL33
    Best wishes, Pistachio. Usually what people are referring to when talking about how it "looks bad" to leave a position of shorter tenure, is the problem of explaining that to a potential employer. You've already cleared that hurdle. Study for that EKG test and be on your way!
  6. by   amzyRN
    Try to stay for a couple years at the new job, that will enhance your resume.
  7. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from Pistachio830
    I'm currently a new grad nurse working on Med/Surge/tele for the past 5 months. This hospital is a community hospital in a low income neighborhood where heroine use and homeless people are prevalent. I am getting tremendous experience and I'm very thankful to have a job but I fear for my safety daily as I deal with criminals, gang members, etc. I call a code gray almost every time I work and we have very scarce resources. (Lack of security, no leadership etc) Recently this hospital has been losing a lot of money so they have been doing some illegal stuff to make more money (creating a floor for one race, only hiring people of that race, discrimination etc) and I have also not been receiving my full time hours as they have hired 3 more groups of new grads after me. I have never received a full paycheck, as I have been cancelled every other week for the past 5 months.

    So I started applying for other places, and I received an interview at a magnet hospital in the emergency department and was offered the job. As long as I pass an EKG test and get 5 referrals.

    I've read everywhere that it looks bad to leave a hospital if you haven't completed your one year. And I know its something that doesn't look good on your resume.

    Am I making a huge mistake by leaving this hospital and accepting this ER job? ER has always been my passion
    I have a feeling that the other hospitals know about the disaster that is your current employer. Just stay in the new job for a couple of years.
  8. by   ~♪♫ in my ♥~
    Quote from Pistachio830
    I'm currently a new grad nurse working on Med/Surge/tele for the past 5 months. This hospital is a community hospital in a low income neighborhood where heroine use and homeless people are prevalent. I am getting tremendous experience and I'm very thankful to have a job but I fear for my safety daily as I deal with criminals, gang members, etc. I call a code gray almost every time I work and we have very scarce resources. (Lack of security, no leadership etc) Recently this hospital has been losing a lot of money so they have been doing some illegal stuff to make more money (creating a floor for one race, only hiring people of that race, discrimination etc) and I have also not been receiving my full time hours as they have hired 3 more groups of new grads after me. I have never received a full paycheck, as I have been cancelled every other week for the past 5 months.

    So I started applying for other places, and I received an interview at a magnet hospital in the emergency department and was offered the job. As long as I pass an EKG test and get 5 referrals.

    I've read everywhere that it looks bad to leave a hospital if you haven't completed your one year. And I know its something that doesn't look good on your resume.

    Am I making a huge mistake by leaving this hospital and accepting this ER job? ER has always been my passion
    There's nothing wrong with making the jump... unless you find yourself looking again in the next 24-36 months.

    Do be aware, though, that the safety issue will persist in the ED... and perhaps be worse.
  9. by   That Guy
    Quote from ~♪♫ in my ♥~
    Do be aware, though, that the safety issue will persist in the ED... and perhaps be worse.
    I just came here to say that. I almost got stabbed by my patient the other week. Fun times it was.

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