Quote from vanRN12
I thought I was going I love nursing, and I'm a very hard worker... However, I got my first job as a new grad in a transitional care facility. I care for 15+ patients 3-11. I was hired with one of my classmates. The DON called me into her office a few weeks after we started orientation and said to me "your friend isn't doing as well as you are!" I was horrified that she told me this. Then she asked if I wanted 32 or 40 hours. With a son at home I asked I if I could first try 40 hours and if fit got to too much I would go down to 32. She said fine. When I asked to go down to 32. She cut my shift by 2 hours, which gave me 30 hours for a five day week. She said it was because of the census and if I chose to go down to 32 I would loose my position. So I started applying o other places, one of them was the se company but a hospital setting. They seemed very interested, and suddenly told me their positions were filled. So I began to wonder of maybe they sabotaged me by giving a bad reference. So I had my husband call pretending he was hr from a local hospital-- I know, crazy-- he ended up getting the secretary and didn't speak to the manager. But the next day I got a phone call from her saying " I'm a bit confused, are you quitting? Because I took you in as a new grad and I don't want to get screwed." I was horrified. How unprofessional, first of all I would obviously give a notice if I were quitting. Second, I have the right to better my situation-- as of now I see my son for max one hour m-f. She is makin me feel so guilty. I feel like I'm stuck there! If a better position comes along, I'm afraid she will deliberately sabotage any opportunity I get. They are very unprofessional there and I feel like I screwed myself by starting my career there. What do I do!?
You are a new grad, which still gives you an advantage...utilize your instructors, and your nursing school as well. I avoided my manager to obtain the job I am leaving, by utilizing clinical instructors (most employees identify them as managers/supervisors), my co-worker who was a clinical coordinator and was my immediate supervisor. And although avoided sounds maybe cowardly to some people as a type, it's residual introversion. I wanted to spread my wings and for a better job. I'm a new grad myself, and I stayed at this facility so I could get the RN experience in acute care. And I kept looking and used other avenues. So keep looking, use your clinical instructors, gain your experience, and fly as a nurse. You are correct, you have a right to have the BEST nursing experience.
As for your nurse manager, she's right, she doesn't want to get screwed...could've said it better, but...*shrugs*...that's her way of communicating her own pressures of keeping her unit fully staffed, nothing against you, but when you are in a position of leadership, you have to make sure your unit is staffed appropriately, and can perform safely. If not, your unit budget takes a hit, which affects the facility and its funding, which determines whether you get more staffing, raises, etc...that's Nursing Leadership 101, and one the reasons I don't desire to be a nurse manager. So throw the boundary line in the sand. Keep working, keep looking, learn all you can possibly can, and you will find that opportunity on your terms.