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I don't know how the contract thing is going to turn out. If someone can give insite on that it would be great. The nurses I have seen all have contracts. What happens when they are up? Are you like a free agent??
You should have been given a copy of any contract to work that you signed. Even if it was a contract to work as a tuition forgiveness as well. Dig it out and read it. If you can't find it, go to the human resources department and ask for a copy. The people to ask about the contract are the people in the human resources department. In general, once all the conditions of a contract have been met by all parties, the contract is over. You go to the status of a regular employee, I would think.
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I know at our facility you have to give a significant amount of time before you switch jobs for notice or you are banned from the facility. I know it is at least a month. I almost think it is longer. I know I have seen nurses not being able to transfer because a manager would not let them go. Makes for interesting complications.
This, too, is a question that you can get an answer from the human resource people. It should also be posted in the facility policy manual. Many facilities have a policy that specifies an exact amount of notice they want when an employee is going to resign. Often, it is the same as the pay periods (usually two weeks). However, some facilities have other specific rules and this period can be a long as 4 weeks or more. It is safer to write a letter of resignation that is dated with particular attention to the dates and keep a copy for yourself as well. However, the fact is that with employment an employee is not a slave, and theoretically you can quit tomorrow and never go back to work there. However, the facility would most likely put a ban on ever rehiring you. That's their little punishment to you. However, they cannot withhold providing information about your employment with them to other employers you are applying to. You can specifically direct them to NOT reveal that you did not give their required notice of termination to employers you have applied to. That is your right.
Transfers are a tricky business. There is also a facility policy regarding when you can transfer out of your present job. This might also be written into your contract. It usually means that one manager is loosing one of their staff while another manager gets them. Since I was a manager I can tell you that just as there are cliques within the nursing staff, there are also cliques within the management staff as well. I've seen managers pull some pretty nasty tricks on each other to gain staff over the others. Once one got wind that one of their employees was wanting to transfer to another's unit, they would start bad mouthing the employee to the other manager, "why would you consider her?", "she's a troublemaker on my staff and I've been trying to find a way to get rid of her" (trying to let the other manager think they are being friendly). And, then, when the transfer never went through, that staff nurse was targeted for some exceptionally bad treatment by the manager in retaliation. The unit manager who the employee has sought to transfer to usually goes to human resources (if they are smart) and looks at the personnel file of the employee to see just what kinds of problems, if any, there have been. Many times an employee wants to transfer in order to wipe their slate clean of problems they have been having on a unit where they have been working. As a manager I was aware of some of the bad management that went on at some of the other units so I knew when some of the requests were legitimate. They will also talk very tactfully with others to get the real low down on the person who wants to transfer--at least a fair-minded manager does. I never went for this back-biting gossip from the other managers about other employees when transfers were in the air. Set red flags up all around me. But, I did listen during our management meetings when other managers were talking, in general, about some of the problems on their units. Certain names of trouble-making staff nurses get brought up and are well-known to the managers and supervisors. Bet many of you staff nurses didn't know that. I don't know how it works in all places, but our Director of Nursing had the final say on all staff transfers.
My advice is to feel out the place you want to transfer to. Have casual discrete talks with the manager at first and not make your real intention of transfer known. Make your talks more like you just want to find out about their unit, that you might be considering making a change in your field of nursing. Make a friend of them first. When you feel the time is right then slowly hint at possibly working with them. You might even offer to work some extra or PRN days to fill in gaps in their schedule to show your interest in their unit. What better way to get a foot in the door? This process takes time. Sometimes months, but it's worth it. If you are going to transfer, you need that manager on your side. In all those little conversations, you are already having your job interview, you're just kind of leading it along at your own pace.
Good luck to you.