I have been working on a stressful floor for the last year and a half of nursing, and out of the blue got a call from an office I'd applied to a couple months back and had my interview for a home health position. They had me do a ride along so that I could see if it was still something I was interested in pursuing and if they were interested in pursuing me after a couple days of shadowing. I got a call on Friday from the manager and she says she plans to call my references on Monday and by Friday should have an official offer, but she says that as long as that checks out, I have the job! I'm so excited...but now the hard part.
I need to quit my current job. We schedule weeks out so the schedule is already made through March, but I'm supposed to start my new job by the first of March. I'm nervous to put in my two weeks notice, which is what I'm doing after the official offer is made, but I know it needs to get done. So how do I navigate this? I think my supervisor and colleagues will be pretty surprised, as I've kept very quiet about my intentions to leave. I am not sure if I need to do something in writing as well as in person, and I work currently Friday/Saturday/Sunday so I won't see my Boss until Friday and if I don't catch her before she leaves I may not be able to give a full two weeks notice (I don't want to work the Sunday before my first shift!) So basically, is there anything besides a letter that's common courtesy? I would offer to stay to train a replacement but it's a state hospital and even getting the position posted and filled could take months, and I don't want to promise anywhere near that much time. Any suggestions for broaching this? A compounded issue is that we have a very low nurse retention rate on this floor because of multiple reasons, and last time someone quit they said my boss looked like she was going to cry and I know I'm going to feel bad for leaving but I really, really need to do this for my health.