artistnurse 2,899 Views
Joined Oct 20, '05.
Posts: 108 (18% Liked)
I want to encourage you. I have to be honest. I developed anxiety when I became a nurse. A major panic attack was my introduction to residual generalized anxiety after a shift on the floor. Nursing is stressful. Ive learned how to overcome anxiety without long term medications, but if you are keen to trying medications, it might be very helpful to you before you make any other decisions. I've been contemplating leaving nursing off and on for years, and that's ok. Dont let others make you feel bad if you decide nursing is not for you.
You "hate being in the hospital"? Then maybe you should consider a different career?
People who "encourage" you does not mean they are always steering you in the right direction. Forcing yourself to do something you "hate" just to do it may not be the best option. Only you can decide how you want to live.
Since you asked...
You're gonna do what you're gonna do, but understand that new grads leaving jobs after only a few months affect other new grads trying to get that first job.
I understand the need to work, and that circumstances sometimes change, therefore necessitating a job change. I also don't think that employees owe a lifetime of blind loyalty to employers.
However, what I don't understand is the seeming lack of consideration for the employer when they have spent thousands of dollars in trainging new nurses so they can go somewhere else and apply their newly acquired knowledge.
Nothing in your post suggests a change in circumstances that you didn't know about when you accepted your current job. You knew that the job was an hour away. You knew that your shifts would keep you from spending as much time as you wanted with your child. You knew, or should have known, that the commute would get old sooner or later. Yet you ignored all of that and took advantage of an opportunity so you could work.
Your employer made a level of commitment to you in providing you with a job and training because they had to believe you would be there long enough to benefit from their investment in you.
But now, instead of repaying that commitment with a reasonable commitment of your own, you are jumping ship and giving another employer the benefit of your current employer's investment.
When this scenario occurs over and over, as evidenced by so many new grads posting here about this very issue, it causes employers to not hire new grads so often, or even not at all. Then other new grads post how they can't get their first job and are angry and disappointed that employers won't give them a chance.
You got your chance.
Like I said, you're gonna do what you're gonna do, but I think you owe your employer a little more than what you've given.
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