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

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    - 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 where we took EXCELLENT care of out patients. this new place scares me, and i fear for my license.
    - someone said that i should just call out and quit immediately. which i want to, but fear that it will possibly look bad for future applications??
    - the quality of care of my patients is important to me.. but i dont want to look like a "quitter"..
    - i do want to write a letter of resignation, but im quitting immediately, no two weeks.. is the letter even necessary?
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    I'm assuming you've concluded you can't bring the change that's needed. Most certainly send a letter, I'd even make it a return receipt. I'd explain my reason for leaving without going into detail, and offer to discuss your concerns at a later date. This way you've covered your asterisk, and shown a commitment to the needs of the patients. Of course keep a copy for yourself, and a detailed anecdotal record of any conversations that follow. Anecdotal records are strong in court, and you don't want to chance being blamed for something out of spite since you're leaving. All nice and professional. Good luck.
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    do i even list this place on my resume??
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    do i even list this place on my resume??
    Tough call. With the background checks many employers do, they'd probably find out about it. My thought would be to list it, and give reason for leaving as something like "ethical concerns" and refuse to elaborate. (never bad mouth any former employer anyway). If you're applying in the same general locale, those you apply to may well know the reputations of other facilities in the area, and by saying only that you left "due to profesional concerns" in an interview you'd probably make a lot of points for what you don't say.
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    Hello. I understand your comments saying "...do not want to look like a quitter..." and "..quitting immediately will possibly look bad on future applications...". Employers expect professionals to give them at least two weeks notice of resignation. I agree with the other writer who said a careful letter of resignation would be appropriate. Maybe consider submitting a constructive two weeks resignation letter ( to document that you have professionally asked for improvements regarding patient safety). Consider hanging in there for only two more weeks and doing your best to provide high quality care to your patients (to protect your job reference). Best wishes!
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    If the situation is as bad as you say, my vote is to leave immediately.
    If the facility were open to constructive suggestions to improve patient
    safety they would not be in the situation they are in. Your current
    workplace would be a safe and excellent place to work and you would
    not be leaving if management had a safe appropriate atmosphere.

    Keep good records dates of incidents and concerns you have.

    As for your resume, no one should fault you for leaving an environment
    which is not safe for your patients (and you). You have worked in an
    excellent atmosphere at one time, so your judgement is on track.
    As above, let interviewers know this situation had numerous concerns.
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    In terms of being thought of as a quitter: Keep in mind that the nursing world is a small world. You are likely not the first nurse to express concern over that facility, nor will you likely be the last.

    Any future employer in the same geographical area will probably not even question a 2-week employment.
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    As others have said it probably would be more professional if you clearly stated your reasons for quitting. However, what concerns me is if this place is so unsafe and awful, I'm worried for patients at this facility! So you should really write a clearly stated letter about the issues you're having and purpose some solutions? You don't need to stay of course, but I think it'd be good to advocate for some change to such a place, as it would benefit the patients and other employees in the long run. And remember you are protected under a license, if you feel something is out of your competency there is no shame in saying no!

    Good luck!
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    OP, I found myself in a dangerous situation. I left. But I was there a bit over a month. I gave my 2 weeks notice and remained professional. It was a tough decision to do the two weeks. Still don't know if that really was wise. I feel lucky to have done it and got out without anything happening (as far as I know). And that is the thing, it's gonna be as far as you know. I may be a new nurse, but my previous career was in another litigious world, and I am finely tuned to these things. Its hard, the things some places do, and want you to do are so blatent that you are stunned to disbelief. And, this being my first nursing job, I hesitated to leave in favor of waiting out another job. Well, sometimes you just cannot do that. I've got all corrospondence, in triplicate, just in case.
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    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 ?
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