help! resigning from an unsafe facility after working only a couple weeks - page 2

by deLite 6,071 Views | 17 Comments

- i have made the decsion to leave a job because i am very uncomfortable with ALOT of what i see that goes on (and something really bad happened tonight) even.. i am not a new nurse, ive had 4 years of experience in a a facility... Read More


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    I think that dthfytr had a great response. A certified letter may seem a bit dramatic, but it is proof that you take your license seriously and it shows that you practice and expect high standards of nursing care. I think that 2 weeks should be given AFTER you submit your letter. That way if anything untoward happens in the two weeks that follow, you already have proof in writing that you deemed this facility as an unsafe environment. Submitting your letter and giving the requisite two weeks show that you are the professional that you say you are. If I were in your shoes and had serious concerns about the facility I was working in, I would even go further and report this facility to my BON.

    I would not worry about listing this facility on your resume. When you get an interview somewhere else, they will of course ask you about your last employer. Don't hide it. Remember that YOU did nothing wrong. It is not a black mark against YOU. When they ask why you left, stick to the facts.

    I was in a similar situation. I worked in an unsafe OR for a month before I left because the practices that I saw were horrendous. No supervision of new staff who were contaminating the sterile field and then trying to hide it so they wouldn't get yelled at, nurses sabatoging each other, dangling earrings falling into the sterile wound, local with epi injected mistakenly into extremities...the list goes on and on. This hospital was eventually sued because of a rather extreme mistake and every employee working that day had to give a deposition. When I landed an interview, the NM saw this hospital listed on my resume and asked me why I left. I told her facts only. I also told her that I feared that my license was in jeopardy, and I felt compelled to leave. She nodded her head and said, "Wise choice." I was hired that day by her.

    Nurse managers talk. They understand that there are bad facilities out there. Don't take this as any fault of your own. Be honest about your reasons for leaving, but keep it brief.

    Good luck to you. I am so sorry you are in this position.
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    Quote from superwifenursewoman
    Steve, I know this may be the unpopular comment but can you contact your nursing body and speak to a practice adviser?. I think of the patients who are going to be left in this place after you have left. Sometimes people are so used to doing wrong they dont recognise it anymore and its only when an outsider comes in that change is made. I dont think you should do it on your own but I am sure someone knows of someone who can help you to help those poor patients and keep them safe. Wouldent you like someone to try ?
    I don't think that your comment is in any way unpopular. I think it is a very wise comment, in fact. A formal letter to the Board of Nursing outlining the practices witnessed by the OP would be taken seriously and would be dealt with.
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    Do yourself a favor, Write a formal resignation letter stating that you are resigning with your last day you will working. Mostly likely, as a new employee of a few weeks, you are still on orienation so you can leave the day you resign. Do not list the reason your leaving. Your supervisors know what is going on (even if they pretend otherwise). If asked why you are leaving state something neurtal like travel time or family issues. Please go out with out any drama. The last thing a facility wants is to hear is a new disgruntled employee's view of their facility-even if your reasons for talking are patient care centered. As for your resume, leave this job off. From reading what you wrote, you tried the job, did not like what was going and quickly decided to move on. I am assuming that this facility is a nursing home. Nursing homes are revolving doors with regard to staff coming and going. The more low key you are, the better. Those supervisors will move on and have other jobs. Do not get a bad reputation in the nursing home business as this will haunt you as you look for another jobs. LTC is a small industry and as I said before, nursing personnel including nursing supervisors and directors rotate from facility to facility. You made up your mind, go out professionally and without any drama. You are not in a position to right what you perceive as wrong. Be polite and give formal notice with out the gripes. Good luck in your future position.
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    One more suggestion - if it is truly unsafe - report it. To the city or county, to the state, to medicare, to the health department. Anyone who would do an inspection or audit.
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    I've left a couple of jobs within the probationary period and did not list them. Never had a problem.

    If you are worried about this coming up on a background check I would say that you wait until the interview and say that you worked in so and so place and just wanted to mention it even though you left and then give a general reason about why, perhaps something along the lines of how the job made you recognize how important it was to be able to do X in your job and that you feel you would be a better fit in another facility.

    They aren't going to do the check anyway until they've made a decision about whether to hire you.

    I've done that and usually the interviewer just thanks me for my honesty. One said "Oh, well, we all make those mistakes, sometimes it's just helpful to make them, it gets your priorities straight." I got that job.

    Just keep in mind that if you write a letter you do not want to burn bridges....you may not want to have anything to do with that facility ever again but the nursing community is a lot smaller than you would think and at some point you will run into those people again.
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    I would probably tough it out, give my letter of resignation, and a two week notice.
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    Sorry, I am tired and missed that you have only been working for 2 weeks. I would write a very professional letter of resignation and write down the date that you want to leave (shouldn't have to be in 2 weeks if you have only been there for 2 weeks). I wish you the best!
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    I agree with several of the posters regarding certified letter, keep a copy, no need to put on resume or application but, be willing to discuss in interview process. Most Boards of Nursing's have abandonment policies. Review that for your state and if patient care is in danger can report even anomymously to your state health dept. It is smart that you not only recognized the unsafe situation but, made a very hard choice to remove yourself from the situation if you can't change it. I teach with a remediation/refresher program in Texas and all to often meet nurses that wish they had done as you did and quit. But, too late find themselves in the mist of a lawsuit or BON complaint over something that was way beyond their control in most ways. It takes courage especially in this job market to say nope, not the right place for me. The first step toward being where you want to be is to recognize where you don't want to be.
    P.S. You can often get advice from your state nursing professional organization.
    Merry Christmas,


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