HELP!! Orientation going horribly, but have interview for better job. what now? - page 2

by lpn2rn81 3,214 Views | 15 Comments

Hello everyone, I dont' know if any of you guys have read my other thread that I posted, but I'll just give a basic summary :) I'm a recent RN grad, and for the longest time couldn't find a job, so I basically took the first... Read More


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    Hey OP.

    Think this way: You have no idea if this other interview will go anywhere at all. What's done is done. You cannot go back and change the application. You very well might be asked if you are currently working. This, question probably by HR. All you can do now is see how the interview goes. IF you are desperate, these are desperate times. Yes, you could get caught in a lie.

    Best case: You get the job quickly, and really then have not had any time at this other facility, almost like it didn't exist. It's not like millions of people have not got away with exactly this.

    Not so good case: The job is offered but not for a month more, and a few more interviews - which makes you look actually worse as the lie is repeated, and you will find it tricky scheduling those interviews around work/sleep. However, you come out of it all OK, but totally stressed.

    More not so good: You bump into a nurse who also PRNs at your new hospital and recognizes you right away. Usually nobody cares, but if she is a little gossip, well... Better then, have something prepared to say.

    Bad case: they find out during the process of interviewing by you or on their own, and since they have so many other applicants they don't call you back.

    Worse case: You get the job, but some other nurse who PRNs or part times at the new place talks you up a bit, and with no bad intentions, relays that she knew you from your old place. You've been sayin this is the first job... If anybody has the time to care, you might get canned, maybe for something totally unrelated just to get rid of you for lying.
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    thanks for the list of potential scenarios!

    I still am confused about how to proceed from here. Assuming I get the interview but perhaps don't get the job, do i need to list my current job on future apps and interviews?
    How would I explain leaving current job so soon?
    Any of you ever left a job so soon due to horrible conditions?
    If so, was it easy to explain in an interview and still get hired somewhere else?
    I don't want to give up on my nursing career, I want to find a supportive work environment where I can practice nursing in confidence and give quality care.
    Thanks for all your insights and tips, everyone!
    I love Allnurses!
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    If you feel this job to really be a threat to your license and a danger to your patients and you need to quit, then do so. I have done so. You just need to be honest, short and sweet about it in interviews. Yes, it is a catch 22 as sometimes these places are well known for being horrible, and as karma would have it, you also don't want to be seen as someone that was OK with working there for an extended period of time.

    There is no for sure course of action, you just have to do what you feel is right for you and the situation.
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    I would mention that you took a job at X facility, but when you interview with Y facility, don't talk about why you want to leave X, talk about why you want to work at Y. Play up THAT part. You've worked there before, you like a, b, and c about Y facility. I think mentioning the commute is OK, when you talk about it in terms of, it eliminates potential attendance issues due to a long commute (car trouble, weather, etc). This tells them that those things won't be a concern with you.

    They can find out where you're working now, so I wouldn't hide it. You also may need to give notice at X (on orientation, they may not require 2 weeks, but you can't bank on that). You took the job because you needed a job, but it was always your desire to work at this other place. That's not bad. Don't even mention the working conditions whatsoever, they don't need to know that. What they need to know is that you want to work there, and why.
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    Quote from lpn2rn81
    thanks for the list of potential scenarios!

    I still am confused about how to proceed from here. Assuming I get the interview but perhaps don't get the job, do i need to list my current job on future apps and interviews?
    How would I explain leaving current job so soon?
    Any of you ever left a job so soon due to horrible conditions?
    If so, was it easy to explain in an interview and still get hired somewhere else?
    I don't want to give up on my nursing career, I want to find a supportive work environment where I can practice nursing in confidence and give quality care.
    Thanks for all your insights and tips, everyone!
    I love Allnurses!
    I guess I'm not quite sure what you are looking for here. You've got two threads going simultaneously, and many, many people offering very specific suggestions on how to proceed. I don't mean to be critical or mean, I just don't understand what it is you want at this point.
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    Quote from lpn2rn81
    thanks for the list of potential scenarios!

    1. I still am confused about how to proceed from here. Assuming I get the interview but perhaps don't get the job, do i need to list my current job on future apps and interviews?
    2. How would I explain leaving current job so soon?


    I don't want to give up on my nursing career, I want to find a supportive work environment where I can practice nursing in confidence and give quality care.
    1. Yes. You do want to show your experience, even if it wasn't what you hoped for.

    2. "It just wasn't a good fit for me" If pressed, "there is a high turnover rate, and I hope I can find a supportive environment where I can be learn to deliver the highest quality of patient care."

    But, don't be negative, don't complain about the other place


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