New position...help!

  1. Okay, I am sitting here this morning trying desperately to decide what to do.....I left my per diem position in ICU because I was not getting hours and was always floated to other areas. I accepted a position that really excites me at another facility....so much so that I accepted a night position in hopes that I would transfer to days soon. I start general hospital orientation on Monday. Now, I am realizing that I just cant do nights....I have worked nights in the past and loved it, but I was 10 years younger, single, and no kids. Now I have 2 young daughters at home, have been battling depression, and I dont think I could handle it.
    I have other options I can explore as far as jobs go.....
    Should I call and let the manager know and give up the position at this late moment? I know that orientation costs the facility a lot of money.....or should I go ahead with the position and hope days open up before orientation is over?
    If I give up the position will I be jepordizing future employement with this hospital? Is it a crappy thing for me to do?
    Help!
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   Havin' A Party!
    Just to clarify: Are you saying you will only do days? Or that you're willing to do days or evenings? Were you, at any time through the hiring process, told that a day / evening spot was expected to open up in the immediate future?
  4. by   LesJenRN
    Quote from LarryG
    Just to clarify: Are you saying you will only do days? Or that you're willing to do days or evenings? Were you, at any time through the hiring process, told that a day / evening spot was expected to open up in the immediate future?
    Days....everything else messes up the kids options.....
    I was told that "it shouldnt be too long" before something opens up. There are multiple night shift spots open still......
  5. by   Tweety
    I think if you were honest and apologetic with them it wouldn't burn any bridges. Tell them you've made a mistake. It's not like you're the first person to do this. It happens. Are you willing to work in another unit days until something opens up on the unit you were hired for?
  6. by   J Lynn
    Is there anyway you can work just weekend nights and make your full time hours then so you can be home with your kids during the week?
  7. by   webbiedebbie
    Seems kind of late to call the manager at this point. I was on orientation on nights a few years ago...was having migraines and finding it very hard to work nights, so I gave notice. I have interviewed for several positions since then, and that hospital will not hire me now.
  8. by   LesJenRN
    Quote from J Lynn
    Is there anyway you can work just weekend nights and make your full time hours then so you can be home with your kids during the week?
    might not be a bad idea with the way my marriage is going.....
  9. by   P_RN
    I think Tweety is right on the money. You have a lot stress at home and Im afraid that a new job on a shift you can't work is not going to help. A well worded apology would be in order.
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I work perdiem weekend nightshift. The premiums are the BEST (more bang for my 12 hours), I dont' miss my kids during the week, and I use no daycare. It works GREAT for me. Weekend hours are ALWAYS tough to fill, esp. in OB. EVERYONE wants dayshift. I go where money is.
  11. by   Havin' A Party!
    Sorry to say I don't think you're gonna score a lot of points by backing out at this point. Any way to hang in there for several months and see what opens up?

    At that juncture the kids will be out of school and you'll be able to share time with them in the afternoons and evenings.
  12. by   sharann
    YOu haven't done the orientation yet you said? If not, then I agree with Tweety, that you tell them you are very sorry, you make a mistake. You are not obligated. They might get upset if you left after orientation though. I found that when they say they have a day position opening up soon, run the other way unless you want a lot of headaches.
  13. by   gij1
    On a professional level leaving the position so quickly is not a great idea. You seem excited with the position just not the shift. Are you sure you can not stick it out? But i also agree with other posters regarding stress at home. You gotta take care of yourself & family first.
  14. by   LesJenRN
    Thanks for the input....although I am still confused. I am leaning toward sticking it out.....or maybe not....

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