need advice asap!!!

  1. sorry this is going to be long. i started a new job about 6 weeks ago----and hated it from the beginning. i had to stay until my husband's employment got going. The other day i went in and just realized i couldn't take it anymore. quite frankly the place scared me. the final straw came when they had changed my schedule and it was nothing like what had been agreed on at the interview. think 12 on, 1 off, etc. until i had about 56 hours scheduled in 7 days. (plus i had to drive a long way just to get there) anyway, i just got my stuff and left that morning. i did not clock in or take report. that was a few days ago---since then this facility has called about 2 times a day. this morning they called before 5 am (if i had stayed i was scheduled off today anyway). this afternoon i had a message on the answering maching stating that i needed to call them since i had clocked in then left----which never happened. Would you call them back or not. i don't know how far they could take this, or anything. i mean i know it was probably not the right thing to do as far as leaving---but the stories i could tell you about the place. i came home from there the very 1st day in tears. Also, i feel as though i am being harrased almost. what do you guys think i should do?
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   cindyln
    You need to at least call and tell the DON what is going on and if you are quitting or not.
  4. by   renerian
    Yes I would call. Tell them the truth. Maybe they can use it to improve working conditions.

    renerian
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Do call and tell them what happened and how you feel. You don't want this following you everywhere. I see your distress. I hope you work things out and find a situation in which you are happy, soon!
  6. by   baseline
    Call.
  7. by   BadBird
    If you don't want to call, write, make sure that you state that you never clocked in, list all the reasons for quitting. Good luck.
  8. by   MIKEY LIKES
    Never, ever burn your bridges. Call them ASAP.
  9. by   LasVegasRN
    I would also suggest documenting why you left without giving notice and keeping a file. You can call, but I would put it in writing, send it certified mail and keep a copy of that correspondence in this same file.

    It is within their right to report this to your state Board of Nursing.

    Mikey is right - don't ever burn bridges. This one went up like an inferno - I suggest not doing something so drastic that has the potential to come back on you like this again.

    I'm not trying to brow beat. I'm offering something that will cover you legally.

    Good luck and I hope you find better work and conditions with your next employer!
  10. by   SeptSue
    Call them and also write to tell them what your plans are. It could be helpful for them to know what the problems are so they can plan to improve the situation (chronological account of your experiences). Take care of yourself and best wishes.
  11. by   MPHkatie
    Well, you definitely need to call them, I understand that you didn't like the job, but to just leave, well- I'd probably be calling your house a lot more than 2 times a day, and I would definitely have a lot to say. I've had a job for 6 months straight I cried all the way there, and cried all the way home. I gave a month notice, and cared for the patients. Hated it, but got great recommendations from the place. If you don't deal with it head on, it is going to come back and bite you in the you know where.
  12. by   jacolaur
    I think deep down inside you know that you need to call. Just make the call, it will probably be easier than you think. You can then put this whole nightmare behind you...take a deep breath and start fresh....I agree with the other posters calmly tell them the reason for walking. I think after all you have been through emotionally you realize now that your hasty actions were probably not in your or the employers best interest. Maybe next time you will be better prepared to walk in to the "powers that be" and say this job and I are not cut out for each other, and give them the proper time frame to rework the schedule. At the very least give them to the end of the shift..just chalk this up to one of those "life experiances" learn from it and move on. But do finish it by calling and sending a follow up certified letter (as per our conversation on...)....you'll feel much better...
  13. by   bravegirlamy
    If they think you clocked in & then left, they can report you to the state board of nursing for abandonment of your patients. If it were me, I'd DEFINTELY clarify this with them ASAP.. GOOD LUCK with whatever you decide.
  14. by   Youda
    If the place is as bad as you've suggested, chances are good that staying jeopardized your licensed. I would definitely put things in writing, but be careful and professional in what you write to them. Something short and sweet such as you did not agree to mandatory overtime when hired, inadequate staffing, poor patient care, etc. Less than a page. Since you did not pass your probationary period, I wouldn't be too concerned about not giving notice. Staffing is their problem, not yours. It would have been nice to let them know you weren't coming back, but it really takes an idiot not to be able to figure that out when you show up for work then don't stay and work your shift.

    You might also consider, though, that the calls may be because they would really like to keep you, already know their place is a disaster, and you aren't the first (or last) to leave. Yet, like most Machiavellian employers, they think a few threats "sweeten the pot" instead of trying to treat you better. If they are threatening you with calling the SBON, I figure you don't owe them a thing. If you choose to do anything at all, it would be a courtesy, not a necessity. I differ somewhat with the above comments since I've been on both sides of the fence. I hate it when people quit suddenly without giving me a chance to straighten things out first. On the other hand, a good facility wouldn't have the problems you suggest in the first place, so shouldn't be too surprised when they can't keep staff.

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