I'm an LPN at a long-term care facility. I've been the treatment nurse on weekend option for the last year. I love my job and my management and have never had any issues with them. They have always stood behind the nurses.
I finished RN school in December and am scheduled to start my internship at a hospital in February. I had discussed with my DON around Christmas time that I would probably be leaving by late February. Circumstances changed (found out hospital internship only trains during the week and internship is for 90 days) and I told her I wanted to stay a few months longer in my position after February. She tells me it is too late because she has started shuffling nurses' schedules around to accommodate a couple of other nurses who have started RN school this semester. I'm told the last day I can work in my position is Feb. 19 and that another nurse who wanted my position after I left will be taking it.
I don't feel this is fair. I never gave any formal notice. We had merely discussed this informally. In every job that I have ever worked, the position was mine until I gave a notice. I was under the assumption that would be the case with my leaving job. I was also counting on this job as a fall back in the event that I don't pass the NCLEX my first round in a couple of weeks. She was offended that I stated the position should be mine until I give notice. She said she will schedule nurses as she sees fit to cover schedules and I can take it or leave it. Offered me a M-F 3-11 position after February.
Is it legal to force someone out of a position without a formal notice? Is there any recourse I have? This does not feel fair or ethical. Wouldn't this make me eligible for unemployment? Thanks for your advice.