I left a job that I had had working in an ALF after 4 years and OH YES I felt the guilt... I mean, the places admin wasn't the best at all, the facility rules were so strict they were comical and less than professional..but I learned my way around those probelms, really knew my residents, and LOVED the staff! It was a like a huge disfunctional family..LOL!
Well...the place wasn't doing well money wize, and had to cut the RN's down to part time. Seeing as I was a charge, floor and assistant administrator...they cut me down to 2 days a week max...and well...what could I do! Can't live on that!
SO I had to leave, and got a job with a wonderful agency who wanted to open up on our western most side of the Portland/Hillsboro area. I took it, and was making much more money, doing tasks I missed and enjoyed, meeting all new people, and loving it! In fact, it lead me to my current job that I am adoring!!!!
However, the guilt I felt was so strong I think I still feel a tiny bit once in a while still. BUT...the coolest thing...now I am in hospital and treat those very same residents when they need a friendly known face the most!!! So the switch turned out to be more positive, profitable, educational, fulfilling, and just plain wonderful beyond words on all aspects!
Don't feel guilty, but you can feel sad for leaving people you care about! That is human! Take time to visit or sometimes I write a letter on what is up to send to a few caregivers I know at my old place (and they get it to others!). Turn that sad energy into 'hmmm how can I make my friends from the other job happy? A letter? Send some candy? Deliver some really good coffee! That really helps to stop focusing on the negatives and having fun planing on the positives and feeling great!
Great job on getting LD!!!!!!!! Congratulations and Have a Blast of a time!!!!!!!!