Two things. You didn't say if you were under contract. If so, you must fulfill the obligations of that contract. Second, you said you are scheduled for the next 2 weeks. If it a regular rotation during that two weeks, then it would prutent for you to fulfill the "standard ethical" obligation of giving your employer a 2 week notice. Let me caution you something most people do not think about. Make sure that you go to your Human Resources dept to turn in your badge (do not turn this over to a supervisor, or dept mgr, etc). At that time, ask to review your personnel file. This is the best time to see what is in it, and to question, add, etc. anything in it. You can't remove anything from it, but you can add to it. Next, stay there and wait while H.R. to process you out and put you into the system as "eligible for rehire". If they tell you that they won't be processing you out for a few days or so, get the date, make an appt to return to review your file again so that you can see for yourself in your file the words "eligible for rehire". This is important because when you apply for other employment down the road and any references are checked, if they are told that you are ineligible for rehire, your prospective employer will not know the circumstances behind it and can only wonder why you have been tagged that way; thus, making it easier to just skip you over and hire someone that checks out as eligible with past employers. Now, getting back to abandoment. If, your work load is unreasonable, say, assigning you to more patients than is safe for your area, then you should be able to claim safe harbor. (go to your facilities policy book that must be kept in an accessible area for you to reference at any time) and look up your dept. and see what is required for staffing and patient ratios. If your assignments are unreasonable, then you (according to my understanding of safe harbor) MUST request from your supervisor additional staff d/t policy requirements. If you are denied, then you can claim "safe harbor". This does not give you the right to walk off the job -that would be abandonment. However, it does give you the right to put in writing at the start of the shift that you are claiming safe harbor d/t stated policy and that you have requested add'l staff but were refused by supervisor...make a copy, give one to supervisor, and then be sure to document document document. Usually, once a nurse claims safe harbor, it isn't too long before staffing needs are met because you have met your legal obligation and they have not. If you need more info about pt abandonment, you can get your States Nurses Act which goes into detail about all of your responsibilities and obligations. Hope this helps.