leaving a job with little/no notice?

  1. Has anyone done this? My situation lately has become so awful, I dread going in even one more day. I do have another job lined up, starting very soon. I am wondering about tonight. I am scheduled NOC tonight and tomorrow. This is an 'at will' employment state, I just checked the state labor site and that means no notice is required by either party. I have never left a job on no notice but I have also never encountered and environment quite like this either. Many people have quit or just not shown up again over the last few months. There's many (and some quite shocking) reasons for that and I don't want to go into it all here. But the job is intolerable at this point. I am a CNA at that job, recently graduated from a good LPN program.

    What do you think? I am concerned about references as well. I know what legally can be said but have no way of knowing if in the future I didn't get a job because of this one. Any opinions or advice is greatly appreciated!!!
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  3. by   caliotter3
    Tender a letter of resignation, keep a copy, providing your last date of work. If you do this, you will have something to show that you resigned and it was not a termination. Employers can, and often will, state anything that is truthful about your employment. If it is stated by the employer, it is the "truth".
  4. by   rnbob
    the previous response was good advise, if you need to leave without notice do so, try to get some references from co-workers you can use for future job searches. From what I know the only thing an employer can say is your dates of employment and whether you are eligible for rehire. If you give no notice you won't be eligible for rehire.
    Please read about Mobbing in wikipedia- we all need to be familiar with this unfortunate reality which is so common in Nursing.
    Best of luck in all your future endeavors.
  5. by   BloodCleanerRN
    Do you have PTO hours built up? If so, you may not want to leave prior to two weeks. In most places, you will relinquish any PTO hours paid out to you if you leave without notice. If you will lose a lot of $$ doing that, then I would advise against it and stick it out the next 2 weeks.

    Good Luck.
  6. by   Meriwhen
    If at all possible leave with the minimum notice required (usually 2 weeks). Nursing is a small world and you never know whose paths will cross yours at future jobs. Also leaving with too little or no notice may automatically flag you as Do Not Rehire, which may turn off some employers no matter what references you have. Good luck!
  7. by   DeLana_RN
    I can only agree with pp, try not to leave without adequate notice; for CNAs I would assume this to be no more than 2 weeks. Otherwise, count on being made "not eligible for rehire", which can and probably will be disclosed to potential employers asking for a reference. In healthcare, and especially in this economy, you cannot be too careful.

    For more info on this topic, just do a search on this board; there has been much discussion recently.

    Best of luck to you,


    P.S. I used to work as a CNA, so I totally understand what you're probably going through. But don't slam the door on your future as a nurse! You can do this (put up with it for another 2 weeks).
  8. by   hiddencatRN
    Quote from rnbob
    From what I know the only thing an employer can say is your dates of employment and whether you are eligible for rehire.
    This is a myth. Many employers have policies to only disclose that information to avoid liability, but they can say anything truthful about your work.

    Give the two weeks notice- best not to burn any bridges.
  9. by   systoly
    Chances are a poorly run facility is known for just that and a reference from such a facility doesn't exactly unlock doors. Sounds like just the thought of it makes you feel ill.
  10. by   netglow
    Yup, as any online app these days asks, "have you ever left a job without giving 2 weeks notice?"

    I just left, gave my notice and did the harrowing 2 weeks, if you gotta shoot yourself in the head with a stun gun to get through the two weeks then so be it. I have since heard that at my prior place of employ, it is common for people to just walk out. I, did not do this. I have been offered to come back anytime, "door open" and also offered references (what?) Pigs do fly, whatever was up with that, but, do yourself right, do yourself proud, and you will never have to be wondering if you should have given notice or not at some later date.

  11. by   MrWarmHearted
    with today's tough market and employers being able to be very selective (and check deep into your references), it would be in your best interest to just suck it up and take the two weeks notice