Need help.....quitting job - page 2

I accepted a job offer in May, about 2 weeks prior to graduation. It's a fast-paced pediatric emergency room, 12-hour shifts, 7p-7a, work 7 nights straight, then off 7 nights. It's a one-hour... Read More

  1. by   Aquamarine
    Quote from BrandNewNurse
    I accepted a job offer in May, about 2 weeks prior to graduation. It's a fast-paced pediatric emergency room, 12-hour shifts, 7p-7a, work 7 nights straight, then off 7 nights. It's a one-hour commute for me, so I spend 2 hours per day driving. One week after graduation, I found out that I am pregnant (surprise!) and it has been very rough so far! I've had to call in sick several times, and I just don't think I can handle it anymore. I never would have accepted this job if I had known about the pregnancy. My boss and co-workers have not been very understanding, and I recently got a pretty bad evaluation. In addition to the pregnancy, I also found out on June 7 that I have a tumor in my chest. So I feel like I am stuck in this job, because I can't afford to lose the health insurance, due to my pre-existing conditions. I work for the state and have fairly good benefits. 3 days ago, I applied for another state position, as a public school nurse. I should find out this week if I get it (keeping my fingers crossed) Definitely not what I want to do for the rest of my life, but I can handle it while my health is not good, and while my kids are little. I've got the rest of my life to do exciting stuff! So, my question is about my resignation, if I get the other job. How should I go about it? I am still in my 90-day orientation period. Should I tell my boss about the new job, and give a 2-week notice? Or should I say I am quitting due to my health, and give a shorter notice? I don't count in the staffing "numbers" yet, so it is not going to leave them short-handed....they will just have to start the orientation process over with someone new. I know I cannot count on a good reference from them, due to my sickness/call-ins. Please give me advice about quitting this position. Thanks alot!
    I understand exactly what you are saying, it is typical but it can improve over time. i am older and this is my advice.
    1. don't give any excuse for quitting, don't tell anyone, no even your co-workers...just give notice, you don't owe an explanation.
    2. if there is an employee assistance program, counseling...get to it right away. You are protected if you are attending that program, don't take no for an answer
    Most states cover pregnancy if you had insurance when you found out...FIND out. If it is NY I know you do even if you earn a lot. Your health is more important than any job.

    Good luck, keep in touch...the first year is tough, it will get better.

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