Iwant to quit my job

  1. I don't want to work in my step-down ICU. I don't enjoy the work anymore and am feeling burnt out from the lack of staffing and increase in acuity that is taking place. I like my boss and enjoy most of my co-workers. We are short staffed as it is, I don't know how to approach my boss to tell her that I want to quit. Can anyone tell me how to make a gracefull exit? I don't know how much more I can take. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   4XNURSE
    T.Bird,

    What a sad prediciment to be in.

    Why can't you just tell your boss the truth like you've stated here? You like your boss. You like your co-workers. You aren't having the rewards you need from the job anymore. There is no shame in that.

    Do you have another place you want to go? Is there somewhere else in the hospital where you might be able to find the fulfilment? And last but not least, do you have an EAP? Talk to someone there! Don't risk your own (mental) health, just because you don't want to have your boss get med at you for quitting.

    Take care of YOU!

    ken
  4. by   askater11
    Hey fellow Michigander!!

    I would write a small letter of resignation. Addressing the letter to your supervisor and giving your two week notice. And also verbally explain to your supervisor what the letter's regarding. I feel it's important for a unit your departing to know why.

    I never "completely" left my previous job. But I explained why I wasn't picking up extra day's on my "current" job and looking at another unit position. (b/c of staffing concerns and I need to explore different things) My supervisor was so understanding. I also explained how much I enjoy working with her and my colleagues.

    I would look for another job. There's lots of good jobs out there. I just started a new job...whew I'm glad too!!!! I was getting burnt out too!!! Good luck.
  5. by   Teshiee
    I would have a heart to heart talk with my manager tell her the truth what you are feeling. You are human you shouldn't feel bad because the powers that be arent doing their part to ensure nurses have adequate staff. Like always the burden falls on us and we are made to feel guilty! Don't it should open their eyes that they are losing a good nurse! I work hard every shift but when I get too tired and worn out I will not work extra only my required days. I don't care my health and peace of mind is first! Just think how we nurses run ourselves ragged only to be replaced with registry or travelers! You must do what you feel in your heart. Take a leave of absence work perdiem somewhere else or a different scene all together. I do hope you feel better. You manager should understand if not, oh well!
  6. by   P_RN
    It is easier to GET another position when you are working. I'd look around. Find something, perhaps stay on PRN at the current place one or two days a month for awhile.

    Then I'd phrase my letter....."after ____many good years/months etc, I feel that it is time to move on to another position. I appreciate the friendship of my manager and co-workers...., Sincerely_____"

    Frankly I don't think TPTB even LOOK at those letters. You don't want to leave a place by burning your bridges.

    The employee assistance idea is excellent.

    Burnout happens. It is NOT your fault. There is only so much fuel in us. When it is not replenished....it is gone.

    Good luck. Stay around here and let us know how it is going.

    P
  7. by   nightingale
    I like the poster ideas on looking elesewhere first and easing out of it to staying on as PRN for a short time. That way the pressure is off if you happen to not be crazy about your new job.. it happens.

    Have you considered trying agency as maybe a second job? It is invigorating. Many agencies now offer health insurance and the other benefits that facilities carry; so, it is feasible it could work as a primary job.

    Burn our happens... this is a wonderful, difficult, and demanding field.. rewarding yes... but pick and choose and change is sometimes a good thing... it keeps us concentrating on that growth rather then the politics of the hospital satffing and other issues that can wear you down.

    Let us know how you are doing....

    B.
  8. by   T.Bird
    Thanks for the advice and words of encouragement, it means so much to me. I will follow the good advice that was given to me and we'll see how it goes. (next work day is Tuesday, wish me luck!) You nurses out there are great
  9. by   mjamesRN
    A week off can do a world of good. I'm aiming to do it often. I'm sure your manager will encourage you to do so. No hospital wants to lose you. Somedays you just have to let things roll off your back (I'm still having a hard time with this for fear of becoming a "mediocre" nurse).
    So, take a week off, get a massage, change your hair, get a kitten, visit a museum or two, or find a cheap flight to the islands for some R & R.
    Also, Take real problems to your unit meetings and help make the changes that will make you and everyone else feel better and be more effective.
  10. by   PhantomRN
    I am in the same type of situation. I like the people I work with and I like my manager, but I think I am burnt. I just trnsfereed into this position less than a yr ago because I was DEFINALTELY burnt on my old floor.

    So what to do? These people are good to me, but I still dread going to work everyday.
  11. by   margnurse
    I know how you feel. I have worked in some capacity on med-surg units over the last 9 yrs, since I graduated. The unit I have been working for the last 11 months just lost 2 of its full time RNs in the last few weeks. And there does not seem to much light at the end of tunnel. Our manager said she hired 3 new nurses but they still have not started. And that does not mean these new staff members will stay-- we had several new nurses leave during orientation last year. We were already short staffed when these people left. I think I am just sick of med-surg and want to do some other type of nursing. My first love is psychology and I would like to get into psyc nursing. After all I do have a BA in psychology. But jobs in that field seem to be scarce in my area and I have not had a lot of clinical experience in that environment. I just dread going to work every day and wish I could do something else.
  12. by   mattsmom81
    Life is too short to work a job where you dread going in every day. Time for a change! Explore your options!

    We always have choices...no point in being unhappy.
  13. by   mario_ragucci
    What is stopping you from quitting? Quit. Save your people, and yourself. Just walk away. Yawd just quit, and you will feel liberated. Think of how Maslow whould place you.
  14. by   micro
    and T-bird says i just don't wanna anymore......

    and please T-bird listen to my words carefully here, because they are full and respect and admiration to you.....wish manytimes i could be face to face and pat around the shoulder to those i talk to here on allnurses.com

    t-bird.......
    you feel, so thus you nurse........the skills are not enough for you...........or you would not be a nurse................
    SO IF YOU ARE FEELING THAT YOU JUST CAN'T DO IT ANYMORE.........DON'T DO IT ANYMORE.........
    but don't do it haphazardly as some may have done in their past lives(the songs, My Way by Frank Sinatra comes to the ear of memory with the theme, regrets, i have a few.....)
    MAKE A PLAN.....
    speak to your nurse manager.....if they are good, then they will listen.......and if not.....well, just make it part of your plan........
    search out something different and do not be afraid of being honest.........but a PLANNED HONESTY.......get my driift.......

    T-bird..........my thoughts and strength are with you..............

    micro and out

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