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This is a discussion on How do I quit brand new RN job to take better one? in Nursing and Professionalism, part of Nursing Career Advice ... I got hired into my first RN job in June. It's really not at all what I envisioned myself to be...by buttercup_rn Sep 12, '12I got hired into my first RN job in June. It's really not at all what I envisioned myself to be doing long term...it's a small company and I'm not happy with the benefits. My dream job is the hospital I worked in as a tech...and it appears that that dream may soon come true. Question is, how do I graciously leave (or should I even consider leaving) current job with relatively lower pay and poor benefits, for another job that is much better for me? It's a huge organization, great benes, great people, more learning opportunities, etc. I know they would probably be greatly disappointed to lose me but, if I manage to get the job offer at the hospital there is just no way I can turn it down...but I don't want to burn any bridges either. Has any one else experienced this kind of situation and how did you handle it?Last edit by buttercup_rn on Sep 12, '12 : Reason: changed information
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- Sep 12, '12 by joanna73If you receive a better offer, and you've weighed the pros and cons of both positions, then make sure you provide the required notice. However, make sure you have an offer in writing before you leave your current job. Also, the grass is not always greener on the other side, so you make find that your "dream job" isn't all you thought. Weigh your options carefully.
- Sep 12, '12 by 42pinesA decade ago I would have said you owe this company a duty to stay at least a year or two...
But this is not the 90's or the '80 and since the turn of the century all the old rules are no longer.
The reality of life is that if they need to get rid of you--you're gone. For the most part, though this company is small and could be an exception, there is zero employer to employee loyalty.
Under the circumstances I'd suggest that you make 100% sure that you have the new job, and then give them reasonable notice and be honest about the why's.
Consider the words: "low pay and poor benefits." 'Nuff said... It's a competative world and so be competative. Heck, if they are that disappointed they might simply offer you a significant increase in pay and alternative benefits and you just might decide to stay.
- Sep 12, '12 by kylee_adnsI left my first job after just two months. I simply said that I had a great opportunity that I just couldn't pass up. I appreciated the experience, and think it is a great facility. They were actually quite understanding. The DON gave me hugs multiple times before I left, which was quite akward. lol
- Sep 17, '12 by heycheriI am so happy I came across this post, as it is a possibility that if all goes well with my interview this week...I might just be offered a job and be in the same position.
I am a recent new grad and have been working at my FIRST RN JOB for almost 2 months now...this current job is not horrible and I do enjoy it on some levels but I have an interview with the hospital I've been wanting to work in with the unit I have also wanted to work in before I even started college!
Please let me know how it goes for you! Good luck.
- Sep 18, '12 by hey_suzMany nurses have dealt with this situation by remaining at the first job as PRN. You've already been trained to do the work and they may be glad to have you just pick up a couple shifts per month. Staying PRN also keeps your foot in the door in case the other job isn't what you thought.
- Dec 15, '12 by KCRN2011I am in the same predicament. I am actually working my 2nd job (worked the first job for a year in a place I sort of settled for due to extenuating circumstances, but ended up liking pretty well because of the atmosphere, teamwork, people, etc). I started Oct 1, but have basically been miserable here. I am talking to a recruiter at another facility and strongly considering beginning the app process there.
My main concern is this: should I tell my manager before I start to apply in case managers of the positions I'm applying for decide they want to contact my manager? What is the likelihood of that occurring??
I feel like talking to my manager and just letting her know I'm looking to find a position that is a better fit for me might be the professional thing to do, but there's always that concern that the manager might feel some discontentment towards me for leaving so soon...