How long to stay at a job you don't like?

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    What is the proper length of time to stay at a job you don't like? 6 months? 1 year? Do you think a future nurse manager would look poorly on an RN that was out of the nursing field (but a health-related field) for a year?
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    It depends.
    If lives are at serious risk, if you are being pushed into unsafe practice, or you are so miserable you cannot function, then give your notice right away.
    Make a quick escape from anything illegal or dangerous.
    If you just don't like the job, then give them one year if you are a new grad. With one year, you will be considered an "experienced" nurse and have more job options open to you.
    When you have more options available, your chances of landing a job you like are better.
    caliotter3, Lil'mama, gotlib, and 3 others like this.
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    I have 3+ years RN experience. I took a case management job in the private sector and it is not going to work out long term for me. I'd like to go back to the acute care setting. I thought I'd stay 6 months and them make an exit. Is that reasonable?
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    If you dont like the job and you have given it a decent chance, then you should start to find new employment and when found, put your 2 weeks in. No reason on wasting your time, or the time and money of your employer. Life is too short to not enjoy what you do with it!
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    Aha OP, I blew out of a private sector CM position myself.
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    Quote from onaclearday
    Aha OP, I blew out of a private sector CM position myself.
    I knew the pay was lower going in but the hassel of the job is not worth it. I'd rather be working 3 nights a week and be done with it then the 9-5 headache this job is.
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    Quote from PAERRN20
    I have 3+ years RN experience. I took a case management job in the private sector and it is not going to work out long term for me. I'd like to go back to the acute care setting. I thought I'd stay 6 months and them make an exit. Is that reasonable?
    In that case, I wouldn't wait six months. I'd start applying right now to get back to acute care while your clinical experience is still "current"

    Prepare a great interview response to why you wanted to leave acute care and why/what's changed prompting you to want to return. Just stay focused on the positives of returning to acute care vs negatives of case management and you should be fine.
    namazonian, Bella'sMyBaby, Chin up, and 3 others like this.
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    I hear ya. Mine ended up being many long days and nights the co was totally not managed well. Poor relationships with physicians and hospitals. Train wreck. If it had been good, I might have stayed. But, of course not, right?!
    Bella'sMyBaby likes this.
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    Quote from PAERRN20
    I have 3+ years RN experience. I took a case management job in the private sector and it is not going to work out long term for me. I'd like to go back to the acute care setting. I thought I'd stay 6 months and them make an exit. Is that reasonable?
    If it's not going to work I'd look for another job in acute care ASAP. Why waste 6 months if you have other options?
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    I always say give it 6 months in general circumstances. Anything extraordinary ASAP.
    gotlib and Stephanie4574 like this.


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