i quit w/out notice, what effect would it have?

  1. im a newly grad, got my license this past july. i quit my job, on the phone without notice. i know thats unprofessional and i think it's gonna effect me in getting a new job. i started working at this nursing home last month on august 13 i work in the subacute department, its a brand new place so they have all these new nurses on the floor..they trained me..but the nurses that trained me didn't have that much experience themselves. The DON said training is about 4 weeks, but on the third week i was on my own. im a full time employee and yet they put me everywhere, i didnt have my own regular spot, when a nurse has a day off, they'll put me on that nurse's spot so everyday i get different patients. we get about 15 patients each, but these patients are so demanding its not even funny, u can hear the call bells going off everysecond..it's so unorganized, we have to do all the paperwork and if there was a new admission, we have to do everything too. there are no supervisors at night, only sometimes yet they dont do anything. I work 3-11 shift so For the past week since ive been by myself, ive been going home at 1:30-2:30am and they dont even pay OT. Another thing, i dont even hav time to eat as in nothing, not even get a drink coz its so busy. I tried to suck it up and stay hoping it'l get better but it hasnt. Im not even IV certified but we have patients who need IV abt, but as LPNs we're not allowed to touch an IV but yet they said we have to do it. when i need to get something out of the med room i cant, coz i dont have the keys, we have to borrow from other nurses for the key. they borrow meds, equipment (e.g. syringes, glucometer, bp machine) so all that time you waste looking for things kills you.

    The doctors are (deleted), the DON you cant even find her, the only time i talked to her was when i went for the interview, after that it's like she dont even know im there. What kind of place is this. i just couldn't take it...i come in at 3 and i dont get an end of shift report til 4..so thats 1 hour wasted right there... i could go on and on..

    so final question..you think by quitting like that will affect my record? what do you think?
    Last edit by EricJRN on Sep 13, '07 : Reason: Language edited
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   FireStarterRN
    Yes, I think quitting without notice is very unprofessional. I hope that you can learn from all this, good luck in the future.
    Last edit by sirI on Sep 13, '07 : Reason: referred to edited post
  4. by   pagandeva2000
    I probably would not mention that I worked there. You can't change what happened, all you can do is start again.
  5. by   psfjtf
    I just went through a similar situation myself. I debated on whether or not to put the employer on my resume that I did not give notice to. After talking to some friends and a supportive husband, it came to my attention that the truth is the best thing to do. Doing it with a little finesse is helpful. Don't bash the employer you were unhappy with. Just give the facts and explain why it didn't work for you. Not telling your true work history can get you into trouble down the road if your next employer finds out. So play it safe. I have applied at 3 different agencies within 3 days of my quitting my last job. I have had interviews with 2. Both were understanding about my previous employer situation. Sometimes it happens. Just don't make a habit of it.
  6. by   DdKk
    Quote from psfjtf
    I just went through a similar situation myself. I debated on whether or not to put the employer on my resume that I did not give notice to. After talking to some friends and a supportive husband, it came to my attention that the truth is the best thing to do. Doing it with a little finesse is helpful. Don't bash the employer you were unhappy with. Just give the facts and explain why it didn't work for you. Not telling your true work history can get you into trouble down the road if your next employer finds out. So play it safe. I have applied at 3 different agencies within 3 days of my quitting my last job. I have had interviews with 2. Both were understanding about my previous employer situation. Sometimes it happens. Just don't make a habit of it.

    i know i acted very immature, but i was lost, i acted out of anger, i have a lot to learn..im only 24 and a new grad..this is a new career for me as i havent had any background in healthcare. the company i worked for has a bad reputation all over this area..my friend quit from there and she applied at a different place different company and they had alot of things to say about that particular company that i just quit from. So im hoping they would understand my situation if i apply there or anywhere else. i will not make this a habit i promise. its just that i felt that i was put in a bad situation risking my license. a lot of nurses are quitting that place coz it's not worth the risk. but thanks for the criticism and i did learn from this experience. now i just need to clear my mind and start over.
  7. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from DdKk
    The DON said training is about 4 weeks, but on the third week i was on my own.
    I have never received three weeks of training and orientation in my lifetime. At the most, I've received only 2 days of orientation before being cut loose to work on my own. And yes, I work on a rehab and subacute unit.
    Quote from DdKk
    im a full time employee and yet they put me everywhere, i didnt have my own regular spot, when a nurse has a day off, they'll put me on that nurse's spot so everyday i get different patients.
    Floating is part of the learning process. Unfortunately, new grads tend to be stuck with the more undesirable assignments.
    Quote from DdKk
    we get about 15 patients each, but these patients are so demanding its not even funny, u can hear the call bells going off everysecond..it's so unorganized, we have to do all the paperwork and if there was a new admission, we have to do everything too. there are no supervisors at night, only sometimes yet they dont do anything.
    You are your own charge nurse whenever you are working in any type of LTCF, rehab, SNF, or subacute facility. Since these places do not possess the same level of resources as the typical acute care hospital, you must do it all. Hospitals have unit secretaries or ward clerks to complete admission paperwork, techs to answer call lights, and one charge nurse on each floor to handle the paperwork and new orders. At smaller facilities, you are to do all of this. In addition, 15 patients is a relatively small load.
    Quote from DdKk
    What kind of place is this.
    It sounds very much like the typical subacute/rehab unit of a LTCF.
    Quote from DdKk
    so final question..you think by quitting like that will affect my record? what do you think?
    You were only employed at this facility for a short period of time, so it shouldn't affect your chances at finding another job. However, quitting jobs when things become tough may evolve into an unbreakable pattern, as most skilled nursing facilities are like this (or worse).

    Good luck to you!
  8. by   linzz
    I am sorry that this job didn't work out for you. It is very hard being a new grad because you have to deal with the reality shock of long term care and it isn't pretty. What you have described is very typical for a new grad position. It is just as bad here in Canada. I have found that even after getting six months to a year experience, your assignments will improve. All you can do right now, is search through allnurses for threads on organizing your workload which will help a lot. Good luck.
  9. by   lpnstudent40
    Quote from DdKk
    i know i acted very immature, but i was lost, i acted out of anger, i have a lot to learn..im only 24 and a new grad..this is a new career for me as i havent had any background in healthcare. the company i worked for has a bad reputation all over this area..my friend quit from there and she applied at a different place different company and they had alot of things to say about that particular company that i just quit from. So im hoping they would understand my situation if i apply there or anywhere else. i will not make this a habit i promise. its just that i felt that i was put in a bad situation risking my license. a lot of nurses are quitting that place coz it's not worth the risk. but thanks for the criticism and i did learn from this experience. now i just need to clear my mind and start over.

    I probably would have at least quit in person explaining why. As for the IV that is out of your scope as an LPN without certification. I would report them for trying to make you do it. Bad business! Good luck to you in the future!
  10. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from DdKk
    i know i acted very immature, but i was lost, i acted out of anger, i have a lot to learn..im only 24 and a new grad..this is a new career for me as i havent had any background in healthcare. the company i worked for has a bad reputation all over this area..my friend quit from there and she applied at a different place different company and they had alot of things to say about that particular company that i just quit from. So im hoping they would understand my situation if i apply there or anywhere else. i will not make this a habit i promise. its just that i felt that i was put in a bad situation risking my license. a lot of nurses are quitting that place coz it's not worth the risk. but thanks for the criticism and i did learn from this experience. now i just need to clear my mind and start over.
    Hey, don't down yourself. We live and we learn. It is true that we have to be careful how we conduct ourselves, because it looks as though we can't handle pressure. Nursing is filled with pressure, and the most attractive places can be swaps. However, now, you know, and should proceed a bit differently. Personally, I'd rather see you vent like a sailor here under an anonymous situation (we REALLY don't know each other, here) than to do this at the place of work and ruin your chances before you start. Good luck in the future! I ain't mad at you...:spin:
  11. by   Bala Shark
    Be careful about not putting an employer down on your resume..If the new place you are working for does a background check that deals with your work history, the job you did not list will come up..
  12. by   elkpark
    Quote from Bala Shark
    Be careful about not putting an employer down on your resume..If the new place you are working for does a background check that deals with your work history, the job you did not list will come up..
    ... and most employers will consider lying (inc. just omitting information) on your application or resume to be an automatic disqualification for employment.
  13. by   VivaLasViejas
    From a manager's perspective, for future reference: Do everything within your power to avoid quitting a job without giving the proper notice, usually a minimum of two weeks. Employers tend to view this behavior as immature and unprofessional, and it will come back to bite you. I personally have NOT hired people who have done this.......and believe me, managers do check references!

    However, as to this situation, what's done is done, and all you can do is to be totally honest with anyone you interview with in the future. Put the job on your resume and be prepared to eat a slice of humble pie when you are asked about it; you will need to tell the interviewer as best you can about the job and why you left it so precipitously, without bad-mouthing your former employer. Be sure to state that you have learned from the experience.

    And above all, next time do some research on the company you propose to work for BEFORE putting in an application or a resume. Failing to do so wastes everybody's time, including your own, and all too often results in another bad job that you'll end up quitting. For example, you might find out that the prospective employer has a high staff turnover rate, which should be a huge red flag warning you to look elsewhere as they are probably NOT a good company to work for.

    Good luck to you in your search.
  14. by   BuddahNature
    I am also a LPN and do empathize with you.By now,I Know you realize this was not the most professional thing to do.I think,that now at the beginning of your LPN career,you need to look at seriously where your niche may be in nursing.Is the nursing home,the place for you ? If not then make plans to find other settings to work as an LPN. If nothing else is available but positions in LTC,you may need to take such a job,while making plans to go baclk to scholl for an RN. Sometimes things happen like this to help us reevaluate our lives.It is up to you to move on from this negative experience,not let it define,if you get another job,or not. Keep all your options open when looking. There is also homecare,and agency.Perhaps you may even like it,better than LTC.If not,you can look at it as a stepping stone,in that you will have better references for the job you really want.

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