New Grad Quitting After Less Than a Year (advice!) - page 2

by IcySageNurse 9,153 Views | 38 Comments

Hello everyone, I need some advice!I'm a new grad, I just graduated in September and was offered a job right out of school in an area I really love. The hospital is great, conveniently close, etc. I love it and could see myself... Read More


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    It's good that you "feel bad" because it means you have a conscience.

    However, I agree with everyone else. Look out for yourself. That's what the hospitals do! (Remember, "corporations are people too.")

    Seriously, I would give a one month notice and just tell them that you have to move for your wife's job and it's not an option to stay. That being said, I wouldn't get too "chummy" with the people you work with and tell them about your wife being in school and how your family lives elsewhere, etc, etc. When the time comes, people will put pieces together and figure out that you knew when you took the job that you were leaving.

    In the end, it wouldn't really matter, but I think it would be best for you and future references if you make it seem like something you hadn't planned for.
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    Quote from xoemmylouox
    Well it isn't fair to your employer, however there really isn't anything to be done about it. You are leaving no matter what. I would at least give them a heads up when it gets much closer to the time. Maybe a 3-4 week notice vs the typical 2 week.
    I agree 100% ... Unfortunately, I will have to do the very same thing in about two months; however, I will give them the heads up one month before I leave. I am sad to be leaving this job, but I must do what is right for my family. Don't feel bad or sad you are not alone and given the current situation in our country, they will understand.
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    You can either leave when your wife does or let her go on ahead and stay another 4 months to get your year in.

    People do things such as that all the time, particularly those in military families. It's very doable.

    Good luck with whatever you decide.
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    Honestly, do not worry about it. Before I became a nurse, I worked in the wonderful(sarcasm) field of business management. Turnover is common in EVERY industry, ESPECIALLY health care. As long as you are professional, you have no worry. Be sure to give at least 2 weeks notice, and let them know the circumstances - ie you have to move out of state for your wife's job. Be an exemplary employee in the mean time. That way you can use them as a reference for your next job. And when they ask you in the interview for the next job why you left DO NOT say anything bad about your former employer, merely explain the situation. The new trend in employment is for people to have many different jobs in their career span. The days of being with a company for 25, 30, or 50 years are pretty much extinct. Employers now a days expect multiple job titles and experience from applicants.
    jtmarcy12 likes this.
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    In the end, give a full two week notice that you have to move for family reasons

    and say nothing to no one in the meantime... (silence will be golden in your case)

    You will not be the first! No worries... Your family comes first.

    Best of luck to you.

    Take Care~
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    I think it all depends on your manager, honestly. It's not like you are leaving because you did your one year and are looking to advance like so many people do. You are relocating. I'd give a month notice, tell them your wife's job has relocated her across the country, thank them for giving you an opportunity and call it a day. Your manager will either be understanding due to the circumstances, or she won't. Ask your charge or a colleague if you could use them as a reference just in case. Either way, HR can still verify employment.
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    Your wife's goal is to graduate in one year but allot can happen in one year, enjoy your newjob.
    JulieL likes this.
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    this also happened to me - as a new grad a hospital hired me and I loved the job and worked for them for just 7 months after completing my orientation. . .then my spouse was transferred to another state and I had no choice but to leave. I told my boss the truth, gave 4 weeks notice so they could hire someone else, thanked them for the opportunity and left on good terms.

    Three years later I moved back to the area, contacted my old boss and she hired me back to the same floor!!

    It happens all the time - you have to do what is best for you. Learn all you can, make connections so you have references and leave without any guilt.
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    Sometimes life happens, and this is one of those times. Obviously, you need to be loyal to your wife, so the choice is clear. It's not as though you're simply walking away. You have a valid reason for leaving. Tell prospective employers you had to relocate. Most reasonable employers will understand relocation, vs quitting because you didn't like/ couldn't handle the job. Don't even worry about it.
    Meriwhen likes this.
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    The hospital you work for would do what's best for them--with little or no regards to what's best for you. Give an appropriate notice and move on. Don't break up your family over a job, that shouldn't even be an option.
    joanna73 and JZ_RN like this.


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