I need some advice

  1. Hello, everyone. this is my first post so please be patient if i goof it up. i'm having a sort a problem with my new workplace. here's the story....

    i have never worked in the medical field but am a nursing student with 1 year left before graduation. i figured it was as good a time as any to start working in my field of interest. i just recently interviewed for an OB tech postion at a local hospital. i had a really good interview, however, the manager decided to choose a girl that already worked at the hospital. (apparently this girl had been passed up on this postion before and the manager thought it was her turn.) the only thing that kept me from getting the job was that this girl was already working at the hospital. i was disheartened :-( but i still wanted to work in the hospital. i know for sure that i don't want to work meg/surg so i interviewed for the ER. the manager offered me the job and i took it. the shift is 11p-7a sunday-wednesday. most people think this is a good shift for night nursing students and it is except that i have to take micro during the day this semester. well, i found out today that there are 2 postions open on the OB floor now. they work 3 12 hour shifts a week which is ideal for my school and family schedule.

    my problem is that i have a really wierd devotion to my supervisors. i feel guilty when i leave them. i feel guilty applying for a transfer just 2 weeks into my new job after this NM gave me a chance to work there but OB is where i want to work. i like the ER, everyone is super to work with and very patient and helpful. another hurdle is that there are other nursing students that work on the OB floor and at grad next may, they are going to be the ones to get the open RN postions before me. she (OBNM) can't guarantee and spot for me. in the ER, they have 40 holes this schedule alone so my chances for getting hired as a RN with them is better.

    i guess i just don't know what to do and was looking for a little advice from some of you who may have been in this situation before. thanks for your time!!
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   suzannasue
    Tess,
    You should do what is best for you...seriously...a position on OB may open up after graduation...one never knows...however,you know what you need to fulfill obligations to self,family,school...do what is best for you right now and concern yourself with permanent staff assignment closer to graduation...
    Good luck to ya !!!!
  4. by   Burn NA
    I agree. Let your passion direct you. But give a 2 weeks' notice & leave in good standing (don't burn any bridges).
  5. by   HISSYTHECAT
    I know where I am employed we cannot transfer to another department until we have completed at least 6 months in that department. The only thing I can recommend is if GOD wants you to have that job he will. Your future may hold something entirely different than what you want. Follow your heart. Let GOD help you decide. I wish you the best and keep us posted
  6. by   Love-A-Nurse
    tess, and welcome! i agree with the other posters. all the best to you and let us know what you decide to do.
  7. by   Love-A-Nurse
    i really do believe that flexi pool is the best for those who do not need the insurance and other benefits until school is over.

    this way one can move from floor to floor and may have a feel of what area maybe for him or her. and also pick and choose the days and hours. just a thought and not just to tess.
  8. by   TessRN2B
    Thank you to all of you who responded to my post. i applied for the position and was offered the job which i accepted. i know in my heart i'm doing the best thing for my family and education. i'm so psyched to get to spend more time with my daughter.

    Hissythecat ~ i asked whether or not we had to stay in a dept for a certain amount of time and HR said that the policy is to stay in your dept for 1 year before we can transfer. however, they are really big on employee retention so they usually don't honor the policy. they see it as if someone wants to transfer, it's b/c they aren't happy and they want them to be. happy employees have better productivity.

    well, i'm off to play. talk to you guys later!!

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