How to work your notice, gracefully - page 3

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So you have decided to leave your current job, youíve had enough of working hard, no teamwork, you donít like your boss, co-worker, management, the drive is too long, the acuity is too high, you never get a break and you hate... Read More


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    AntMarching, your post reminded me of my first manager so I'd like to share a story about how not all departures are horrific.

    When I left, she gave recommendations that were so flattering (apparently) that recruiters called me back breathless. I'm not saying I was that amazing, my manager was. Then, since I had stupidly moved to another state without having actually secured a job first, she paid out my vacation for the next two weeks AFTER I HAD MOVED. Bless her heart.
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    Your story reminds me we are not as big a deal as we think we are in nursing. I work for a facility that was in IJ and they were hiring and DNR-ing people left and right even though they needed the staff. Your story is a first for me. glad you had another job lined up.
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    I left my last RN (ED) job this past December. I typed up a resignation, giving 2 weeks, went in handed it to the manager and explained the situation, partially.
    Part one was true, My present job was going through "budget cuts" I work county government, and my division is union. Long story, short, county violated the contract, we won and got our hours and back pay for a year. I took the nursing job because I wasn't sure if lay offs were next. With my normal hours and rate of pay, I am making more than I was at that particular hospital ED, and when you factor over an hours drive 2 ways.

    Part Two - and maybe I was just paranoid! I just had a strange feeling I was going to get canned after orientation/probation?? Yeah I know silly, but it was the weirdest feeling. So I resigned.

    Anyway, I'm way off track! I explained the situation to the manager, she took it to the dept. director, and he called me in to his office and I explained again. He seemed pretty cool with it and asked if I had problem with today being my last day. Day of resignation and not 2 weeks later. He stated something about end of year budget and it would help him? Who knows, what could I say, I demand to work 2 weeks!
    He said I could reapply at any time and there would be no issue. I doubt I would unless I had no option, the pay was low for RN and the drive was long.
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    @pp How long were you working there? They do that sometimes when you are not there long.
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    Quote from GadgetRN71
    I saw this happen to a former coworker of mine. He finally had to resort to calling the HR department of the old hospital and requesting to see his file. He offered to bring his attorney with him. Funny, after that he started getting calls for interviews again.

    So sadly, I believe that you can do everything right and still get screwed.
    Good tip about asking to see HR file! I need to remember that. I did work out my 2 weeks happily with my last full time job with a home care company. I then interviewed and was offered an ER position on the spot only to be called 2 days later by HR. I was told that they hired a new ER manager and I might get a call for an interview with the new manager in a month or two. Hmmm. Sounds mighty fishy. I feel like I may have been slandered by the manager who was an unrealistic slave driver who admitted that she hadn't seen her kids in 4 years because of the hours she put in doing home care. She was actually proud of that! So, you can do it right and still get screwed for sure.
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