Quitting during Orientation!!?? Help!! - page 3

by Roskarin 11,205 Views | 32 Comments

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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    But I would not be working at the PP unit then. I would be working on the Med Surg unit??
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    You never know what's going to happen in the future. Yes, your husband might want to move, but what is he loses his job? Or gets injured? Suddenly you can't afford to move. What if the new hospital goes bankrupt in six months and you have to look elsewhere for jobs? What if the manager at your current hospital leaves and becomes the nurse recruiter at the next hospital you want to work for?

    It's NEVER a good idea to burn bridges because you can NEVER say for sure that you won't have to go back, or that the way you handle that situation isn't going to come back to bite you in the butt.
    loriangel14, MJB2010, and hiddencatRN like this.
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    Be very careful with what you do. Like others have said, what if you start your new job and you hate it too? I'm going through a very similar problem right now, and one month into my new job that was described to me as the best thing that could ever happen, I hate it and am way more miserable now than I was at my old job. When they say the grass isn't always greener, no truer words have been spoken. I also knew that I would never go back to my first job, but after starting the new one, I'd give anything to go back to my old job. Luckily for me, I didn't burn any bridges, but I'm also too stubborn at this point to go crawling back. Starting at square one as the new person is not very fun. People in the medical field can be very mean. As pathetic as it sounds, you need to be prepared to be treated like crap if you go for the new job. Being the outcast is horrible and it makes the day drag so much more than if you were in an environment where people treated you as part of the team. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
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    You worked at ABC facility for 4 1/2 years as a CNA plus 2 weeks as a new grad RN. Left (or plan to leave) abruptly during orientation to work at med-surg at XYZ hospital.

    When you apply for a new job next year, are you not going to list your 4+ year employment history at ABC hospital? (most applications state they want your entire employment history and failure to do so will result in disqualification or resciding of an offer made).


    So when you list your 4+ years at ABC hospital and new potential employer goes to verify employment history, if ABC hospital marksyou as "ineligible for rehire" (due to leaving 2 weeks into orientation as an RN) it won't look good to your new potential employer. They can legally state truthful information, even if it is negative, and thus can inform potential employers that you are ineligible for rehire since you abruptly left 2 weeks into your new-grad RN orientation. It can have a negative impact, even if you have a good track record at XYZ hospital working in med-surg for the next year.
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    Quote from Roskarin
    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."
    In my experience, yes. Because when you apply to new places, they'll want to know about your past history. If you can't provide a positive reference for those 4.5 years as a CNA because you burn your bridges as an RN, you're going to have a hard time getting a job.

    I would finish orientation, put in some time in PP, and then try to cross train in L&D.
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    Quote from Roskarin
    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."
    Also, in some states, hospitals use private companies to screen potential employees. If your name lands on the "should not hire" list, you will not be able to get a job at any hospital that uses that company.
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    Quote from Jennie.K
    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.
    I know what you mean. Believe it or not, no one EVER told me anything about giving a notice when you leave a job. NO ONE. I even took courses in high school that dealt with employment, etc. I did the same thing, I quit a CNA job right after high school, having no idea that I should give them a notice. I know it sounds stupid, but really, I had no idea.

    Now, it is nearly 20 years later and I still can't get hired at that company.
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    I don't think it's certain that you would be marked "do not rehire" if you quit during orientation. I'm sure they'd rather you quit now than if you quit after orientation.

    Is it possible you could remain prn at this current job, and take the other job? You may be able to have your cake and eat it, too. If you have a good relationship with your manager, go in and talk to her. Tell her you like this organization and the unit, but you're bored in PP, and you've had a job offer closer to home for more money. Let her know you're conflicted about what to do, that you don't want to cause any distress to the unit by quitting, but you are very tempted by a new challenge closer to home. Put the ball in her court; perhaps she'll offer you a raise, a chance to immediately orient to L&D, or be agreeable to the option of staying at this job prn while taking the other full time position. Or perhaps she'll tell you to not let the door hit your a$$ on the way out. Either way, you won't be any worse off than if you just give leave now.
    hiddencatRN and Sugar Magnolia like this.
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    I say go to Med/Surg period. If your not happy why stay and torture yourself. If your optimistic like me then do what it best for you. It's closer to home, & you will get the experience that you want & need. Your not the first nurse to quit during orientation. and you sure won't be the last. forget about the what ifs. In life we have to take chances. Nothing is going to happen to your new job, & nothing is going to happen to your hubby. You have to speak life over your situation. No offense to anyone but this is my opinion. Now the part about burning bridges sometimes it's not what you know it's who you know. If you have always been a good employee it won't be forgotten. Make sure you resign & speak to HR or your HR generalist about your issues & concerns & find out if you would be eligible for rehire. There are many hospitals you can go work for. Go for it and let us know what happened! Congrats....
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    Quote from JustBeachyNurse
    You worked at ABC facility for 4 1/2 years as a CNA plus 2 weeks as a new grad RN. Left (or plan to leave) abruptly during orientation to work at med-surg at XYZ hospital.

    When you apply for a new job next year, are you not going to list your 4+ year employment history at ABC hospital? (most applications state they want your entire employment history and failure to do so will result in disqualification or resciding of an offer made).


    So when you list your 4+ years at ABC hospital and new potential employer goes to verify employment history, if ABC hospital marksyou as "ineligible for rehire" (due to leaving 2 weeks into orientation as an RN) it won't look good to your new potential employer. They can legally state truthful information, even if it is negative, and thus can inform potential employers that you are ineligible for rehire since you abruptly left 2 weeks into your new-grad RN orientation. It can have a negative impact, even if you have a good track record at XYZ hospital working in med-surg for the next year.
    I agree with the above post. I know I'm not even a nurse yet, but won't 5-6 years at the same hospital with 1 full year as an RN look better on the resume when you move you that new state??? Knowing the staff there you would be able to get some awesome recommendations to take with you to the new state.
    Looking at current hiring trends I almost always see like 90% postings are for RN med/surg...so I do not think you'll be missing out on anything. I've been in the position with my electrical diploma, being out of work as a new grad, to taking up odd jobs to having 2 or 3 job offers at the same time...its the same with any job. I'd be more incline to hire someone with a bit of consistency. As for risk taking. If I were single with no kids and knew I'd be moving, I would probably jump on any offer that benefits me, but having a family I'd go the safe route and stick out the orientation. Later, why not just ask them how long would it take to get a rotation to med/surg because you are also interested in that area.


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