Quitting during Orientation!!?? Help!! - page 2

by Roskarin

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So I have a question, can you give your two week notice during orientation and still be oriented for the last two weeks? Or can they ask/force you to leave immediately? I have only been orienting as a RN for about 3 weeks. I... Read More


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    To NiCgal- No it is not the same hospital. The one for Med Surg is closer to my house, like 5 mins away. I'm not really digging the PP unit but maybe LD. I don't really know what I want to do in the future I've liked everything but not really PP. Maybe because I am bored of it and feel like I there really isn't much more to learn.
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Aug 12, '12
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    MJB2012- I did get another offer, way better pay, set schedule rather than rotating, and closer to home.
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    You're not an actual staff member when you're orienting. They spend twice as long because you're learning, so you could leave immediately. Unless you have a firm job offer, AND you're certain the move is what you want, stay put. The grass is definitely not always greener. Think long and hard.
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    I wish I had a dollar for every student in my class back when I was in nursing school that said, and every young new grad that I work with now that say, that they are only going to work Med/Surg until they can get into any part of OB, including PP! Do you realize how many people would snap up your current job and dump Med/Surg to do it? Med/Surg is no bowl of cherries, that's for sure, and, at least where I work, probably at least 50-60% of the Med/Surg nurses are only marking time until they can fly the coop to something else.

    That said, you kind of sound like you have already made up your mind to accept the Med/Surg position, based on how you keep mentioning that it is only five minutes from your house, which is important, I'm not trying to diminish it, just saying that you keep bringing up the pro to the new job and the perceived cons (not much more to learn, won't get new skills) of your current job, so if your mind is already made up and you are 100%, without a doubt, ready to go for the Med/Surg job, then I would call the company with the new Med/Surg job first thing tomorrow (since today in Sunday and HR won't be open) and accept the position. Make sure that you have the position for sure (get it in writing, if possible), and then contact current PP job immediately after that and tell them what is going on. They will not be happy, and these types of situations are never easy or fun, but they can't force you to stay, so they will probably just tell you that there's no need for further orientation, goodbye, and don't apply here again in the future (in so many words).
    Last edit by westieluv on Aug 12, '12
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    You said you are bored and there is nothing else to learn. How long have you been there? 2 weeks and you have learned it all?
    Last edit by loriangel14 on Aug 13, '12
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    Never burn bridges. Once, in high school, I had a well paying office job. However, being young, I quit without notice and that placed me on the do not rehire list. Then, about 4 years later, I tried applying for a position in that company. Guess what... Didn't even get an interview because of what I did four YEARS earlier when I was 16!

    If you leave orientation, chances are you will never be hired in that hospital. What if you start the new job and absolutely loathe it? I'd stay where you are for a year then start looking if you still don't like it.
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    Quote from Roskarin
    So I have a question, can you give your two week notice during orientation and still be oriented for the last two weeks? Or can they ask/force you to leave immediately?
    I have only been orienting as a RN for about 3 weeks. I love the people and everything worked there for 4.5 yrs as a CNA, but want something more so I don't lose my skills. I got an offer on a Med/Surg unit which I think will help me in the long run for other future opportunities since the unit I am in Post partum won't really get me to much places. Can someone please help!?
    1. You've been a CNA at your current hospital for 4.5 years.
    2.They were willing to promote you to RN so that means they are willing to invest a lot in you rather than hire some outsider. This also means there room for advancement at your current location.
    3.They obviously worked around your schedule while you were a CNA so that you can go to nursing school to become an RN. That should say something to you....they obviously like you and are willing to do what it takes to retain you and you obviously like working there.
    4. Already knowing all the staff at your current location is a huge advantage...not just knowing, but actually like them.
    5. You won't be in post partum forever, your employer is just probably getting your feet wet before they throw you into another area.

    You already have a solid foundation there. I would not risk such a relationship with your current employeer just for a job closer. You might hate your new team. Remeber you will be the outsider. You will be the newbie. There's just too much ifs and unknows, especially in this economy. I' d stay there for a year and maybe eventually you can rotate to other areas at your current employer.
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    Mannurse2b or everyone else- Let me ask this, does it matter about burning bridges if I will not go back there again? Because my husband wants to move in a yr or so to a different state and I know how hard it was to find a job here without experience/ especially Med Surg experience so whenever I do move I will not have that experience and make it harder to find a job. So I kind of think PP will not give me that experience. Because anytime any PP RN on my unit tries to go anywhere else they tend not to get hired because they "don't have experience."
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    Since I am getting a lot of "don't burn your bridges and you might need to go back" comments.
    Let me ask this,
    does it matter about burning bridges if I will not go back there again? Because my husband wants to move in a yr or so to a different state and I know how hard it was to find a job here without experience/ especially Med Surg experience so whenever I do move I will not have that experience and make it harder to find a job. So I kind of think PP will not give me that experience. Because anytime any PP RN on my unit tries to go anywhere else they tend not to get hired because they "don't have experience."
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    Be aware that when/if you move when they verify employment with your current employer (where you wish to resign mid-orientation) you are likely to be marked as "not eligible for rehire" status that may be more detrimental to future employment than whether or not you have a year of med-surg experience vs. a year of post-partum experience.
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